Wednesday 28 September 2016

Bataclan to reopen this year after massacre of 89 people

Published 10/02/2016 | 16:31

The Bataclan theatre in Paris was targeted by terrorists
The Bataclan theatre in Paris was targeted by terrorists
The Bataclan theatre was worst hit during the Paris attacks
People gather at the scene at the Bataclan attack in Paris before Christmas.
President Barack Obama places a flower at the Bataclan, a site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay his respects after arriving in town for the COP21 climate change conference Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Eagles of Death Metal made their stage comeback after the Bataclan outrage at U2's Paris concert
Vigils outside the Bataclan in Paris. Pic:Mark Condren

The owners of the Paris concert hall where 89 people were massacred by Islamic extremists said they are aiming to host music shows again before the end of the year.

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The Bataclan is an historic venue whose distinctive 19th century Chinoiserie-style building has been closed since the November 13 attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead and 350 others wounded.

In a statement on Wednesday, the club owners said "we'll do our best to host events before the end of 2016".

The Bataclan, in Paris's 11th district near the Place de la Republique, was one of the capital's top venues for live music before the attacks.

In the months since, dignitaries and international music stars including U2 and Madonna have laid flowers there to honour the attack victims.

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