Kerry to give 'big hug' to Paris after militant attacks

January 15, 2015 11:30 AM

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Kerry to give 'big hug' to Paris after militant attacks

SOFIA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday his visit to France was to give a "big hug" to Paris after the deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

President Barack Obama's administration drew criticism from Republican opponents at home for not sending a senior figure to a unity march in the French capital following the shootings, and the White House later conceded that Washington should have sent a higher-level representative.

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