By James Davey and Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Britons chased "Black Friday" shopping bargains on Friday with initial signs that many were going online rather than heading to stores for an event imported from the United States. Retail researcher Conlumino is forecasting the event will generate UK sales, both in stores and online, of 1.6 billion pounds, up 20 percent on 2014. "It looks as if Black Friday spending has been more spread out this year and more weighted to online, but every indication is that the combined event will be bigger than last year," said independent retail analyst Nick Bubb.
A solemn ceremony was held Thursday for the victims of the Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande vowing that France would respond to the "army of fanatics" with more songs, concerts and shows. "We will not give in either to fear or to hate," said Hollande in the courtyard of the Invalides buildings in central Paris, speaking to 2,000 dignitaries and those injured in the violence. "To all of you, I solemnly promise that France will do everything to destroy the army of fanatics that committed these crimes," he said.
Several senior members of Britain's main opposition Labour Party may resign if they are forced to vote in line with their leader's view that the country should not extend air strikes against Islamic State to Syria, the BBC reported on Friday. Two months after far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader, Labour is deeply split on foreign and security policy, curbing its ability to keep the ruling Conservatives in check. A push by Prime Minister David Cameron to convince lawmakers to support extending air strikes has exposed further divisions, with Corbyn writing to his party saying he could not back the case for military action.