Wednesday 18 October 2017

Brussels can never go back to 'normal' again after terror attacks - mayor

People gather at a street memorial in Brussels following the bombings in Brussels
People gather at a street memorial in Brussels following the bombings in Brussels

The mayor of Brussels has said the European Union's capital can never go back to "normal" again following last week's terror attacks.

Yvan Mayeur spoke in Paris during a meeting with his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo to discuss the French capital's response to the November attacks.

Mr Mayeur is meeting Parisian first responders and holding a minute's silence in honour of victims of last week's attack on Brussels' airport and subway system, and also for those killed during a weekend attack in Lahore, Pakistan.

Asked whether life in Brussels is returning to normal, Mr Mayeur said: "There's no such thing as 'normal' any more. That's a concept we have to revisit."

Ms Hidalgo pledged solidarity with Belgium as it begins "a long and painful process of grieving and reconstruction".

A total of 35 people were killed in last week's attacks in Belgian capital.

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