Paris pays tribute to those who lost their lives in terror attacks
France on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks that left 130 dead and a continent wracked with fear.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday told the BBC that the state of emergency in the nation, which gives police greater powers to carry out searches and place people under house arrest, would continue as France is still at risk from “attacks of the kind we saw in Nice.”
President François Hollande joined Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and crowds of onlookers at the six locations where Islamic State group militants carried out coordinated attacks on Nov. 13, 2015, to unveil plaques dedicated to those who lost their lives.
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One of the attack locations was the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people died while attending a concert by the U.S. band Eagles of Death Metal. One of the survivors of the attack told the Guardian: “The commemoration ceremonies are very important for us to support the families of those who lost someone. It’s vital that the people who died aren’t forgotten.”
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Not everyone was pleased with Sunday’s memorial events, however. Patrick Jardin, who lost his daughter Nathalie at the Bataclan, told France Bleu Radio that the ceremonies were “pointless,” adding, “You don’t reply to Kalashnikovs with candles.”
The Bataclan reopened Saturday night with a special performance by British singer Sting. Reports suggested that the manager of the Bataclan had refused entry to two members of Eagles of Death Metal, including lead singer Jesse Hughes, over comments the frontman made suggesting Bataclan staff were involved in planning the attack — comments for which he later apologized.
Bataclan co-manager Jules Frutos told AFP: “They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive.” The band’s manager Marc Pollack denied the incident, however, telling Billboard that Hughes “never even tried entering the club for Sting’s show.”
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Hollande, currently drawing historically low approval ratings, was notably quiet on the anniversary. He elected not to speak during Sunday’s commemoration ceremonies, heeding the calls of victims and their families who did not want the day to be politicized.
Video: Italian Andrea Lucca plays Nuvole Bianche on the piano opposite the Bataclan a year on from the terrorist attacks in Paris. pic.twitter.com/tdvNGbqStI
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