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French President Emmanuel Macron is honouring victims of the Paris terror attacks of 2015 as a key jihadist's silence frustrates investigators.

A suicide bombing and mass shootings killed 130 people and wounded hundreds.

The only jihadist suspect to have survived the night of carnage, Salah Abdeslam, is being held in solitary confinement and is on suicide watch.

He is believed to have handled logistics for the group which attacked a stadium, cafés and a nightclub.

But French media report that he has only spoken once, sticking to his right to silence, despite having faced judges six times.

Investigators say the dossier against him may not be completed until the spring of 2019, French BFMTV reports.

Mr Macron is attending ceremonies at the places targeted by the jihadists, whose carnage was claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS).

The first ceremony was at the national stadium - the Stade de France - where three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside after failing to get into a France v Germany football match.

Ex-President Francois Hollande, who was at the game, is accompanying Mr Macron.

The names of other victims are being read out at the bars and restaurants where they died in 2015.

The ceremonies end at the Bataclan nightclub, where most of the victims died.

At the Bataclan, three gunmen with explosive suicide belts took hostages and killed 90 people, just after the US rock group Eagles of Death Metal had begun performing.