Due to Kerry's visit, there were scores of police cars parked around the store. Here's what the scene looked like. (Incidentally, you can click on any of the photos in this blog to see them in higher resolution. Then use your Web browser's back button to return to this page.)
|Large police presence as John Kerry lays wreath at Hyper Cacher|
|The ribbon, hard to read in this photograph, reads "United States of Amerida"|
|The bullet-riddled door of the Hyper Cacher market|
|A few of the many messages left at the Hyper Cacher|
As I stepped back from the supermarket, I took one last photograph of the scene from a greater distance. There are still many more bouquets of flowers out of the frame to the left and right. A week ago this was a thriving branch of a chain of Jewish supermarkets. Today it is an abandoned building guarded by a few unarmed police officers.
|A parting shot of the Hyper Cacher|
Whatever the solution might be, there appears to be a strong feeling in France that the government is not doing enough to protect its citizens from terrorism, and that feeling extends also to the French-speaking region of Belgium.