January 16, 2015 | « back

TIME.COM — Watch James Taylor Sing ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ Beside John Kerry in Paris

By Megan Gibson

The singer paid tribute to the victims of France’s recent attacks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and President Francois Hollande to offer condolences on the terrorist attacks that killed 17 people in Paris last week — and he brought a friend.

James Taylor joined Kerry onstage at city hall, where the singer performed a rendition of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” in tribute to victims of the attacks.

Before arriving in Paris, Kerry said of the trip, “My visit to France is basically to share a big hug for Paris and express the affection of the American people for France and for our friends there who have been through a terrible time.”