MEPs sing the Marseillaise as a tribute to those killed and injured in last week’s attacks in Paris.
A minute’s silence was also observed.
France’s EU Minister Harlem Desir stood alongside Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was also present.
Parliament President Martin Schulz told the assembly that dignity and respect are the best reponse.
“We will not allow ourselves to be poisoned by the venom of these criminals. On the contrary, we will close the door to all those who stir fear and hatred of others. If we suspect every Syrian refugee, then we confuse victims with murderers.”
Schulz accused of “German arrogance”
Poland’s interior minister has accused Martin Schulz of what he called “German arrogance.”
Mariusz Blaszczak made the comments after the European Parliament president told German TV that a refusal to accept refugees arriving from the Middle East showed a lack of European “solidarity”.
Warsaw said last Saturday that it would demand security guarantees before accepting its EU quota of refugees.