Crowd pays tribute to attack victims as popular Paris bar Le Carillon reopens its doors
Published 13/01/2016 | 20:17
A crowd gathered in Paris for the reopening of Le Carillon this evening, the Parisian bar where 15 people were gunned down by Islamic state terrorists on November 13.
Crowds of well-wishers packed into the small bar and took drinks outside to the pavement tables, standing defiantly in the footsteps of their friends and neighbours and raising their glasses to their memory.
It was a touching gesture - and as toasts were made, eyes filled with tears. But there was a warm welcome for everyone and a sense of fraternity and defiance towards the attackers and their attempt to cower Paris into fear.
Across the road the shutters were still down at Le Petit Cambodge, where a minute-long shooting spree began the city-wide attacks. A total of 15 people were killed and 10 critically injured between the two popular bars.
The owners said Le Petit Cambodge will reopen soon.
"Not to reopen would be to give victory to the killers," reads a sign posted on their door.
Just one kilometre away, the candles still burn at the Place de la Republique, where visitors to the attack site come to pay their respects.
The floral tributes from the other sites have been largely cleared away by the prefecture of Paris to create a permanent archive of people's responses to the November 13 attacks.
Further along Boulevard Voltaire, the Bataclan remains shut. But they have vowed to open before the year is out.