President Barack Obama made the order yesterday, two days after bombings and shootings killed at least 129 people in a wave of attacks in the French capital claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.

In pics: France in grief after terror attacks

The Stars and Stripes will also be flown at half-staff at all US embassies and missions overseas.

Flags at the US Congress fluttered at half-staff Sunday in honor of the victims of the Paris terror attacks. The new speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, gave the order out of what he called 'respect and solidarity'.

The gesture of mourning will continue until Thursday at dusk. The US flag normally flies at half-staff after events that have left American casualties or in memory of deceased lawmakers.

In July, for instance, the flags were lowered half way after a gunman killed five soldiers at a military facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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