Kerry to meet with Hollande, emphasize U.S. support

W.H.: Higher profile official should have gone to Paris
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(CNN)Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with French President Francois Hollande while in Paris on Friday, one week after a dramatic police raid ended a terrorist manhunt that gripped France for days.

The meeting follows an acknowledgment by the White House that it should have sent a higher profile representative to an anti-terrorism march in Paris over the weekend, in order to better demonstrate its support for the French people following the terrorist attack last week on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
In a statement on Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the upcoming meeting with Hollande, as well as another scheduled meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, will give Kerry an opportunity to "reiterate the support of the United States for the French people and our ongoing commitment to providing any assistance needed."
    On Monday, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that Kerry would have attended the weekend march if he had been available, but was unable to do so because of a previously scheduled trip to India.
    Kerry will arrive in Paris after a short trip to Bulgaria, where he is expected to receive an update on the case against Fritz-Joly Joachin, a French citizen arrested in Bulgaria over a possible connection to the Charlie Hebdo attackers, Cherif and Said Kouachi.