Year after bloody terror attack: Bataclan reopens

Paris’ Bataclan theater reopened yesterday evening for the first time since the November 2015 Paris terror attacks. Sting performed last night at the venue in which 90 Eagles of Death Metal fans were murdered a year ago.

Footage from last year's terror attack at the Bataclan theater 

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Exactly a year after 90 people were murdered in Paris’ Bataclan theater, the concert hall opened its doors once again last night for a special performance by Sting. “We’ve got two important things to do tonight,” Sting told the audience. “First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago. And then to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue.”

The family members of the terror attack victims were offered free tickets to the show. In addition, all the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to organizations that were established in order to assist those who survived and the family members of those who were murdered in the terror attack.

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Several French artists rejected the invitation to be the first to perform in the Bataclan theater since the terror attack, explaining that it is too difficult for them to take the stage and celebrate in a place where so many people were murdered. However, one of the managers of the concert hall told reporters that he hopes the theater will continue to be a place of happiness and celebrations.

Today, on the first anniversary of the series of murderous terror attacks in Paris, the concert hall will be closed. French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will visit the sites of the six terror attacks.


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