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Crowd pays tribute to attack victims as popular Paris bar Le Carillon reopens its doors

Shane Fitzsimons

Published 13/01/2016 | 20:17

A customer raises his glass in a toast to freedom in Le Carillon which reopened today, two months after the Nov 13 attacks in which dozens were murdered. Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
A customer raises his glass in a toast to freedom in Le Carillon which reopened today, two months after the Nov 13 attacks in which dozens were murdered. Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
Place de la Republique as the sun goes down. Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
People gather outside the popular bar Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
The place de la republique has become a touching monument to the victims, and as the sun goes down passers-by relight the thousands of candles that have been left by previous visitors Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
Inside Le Carillon Photo: Shane Fitzsimons

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.

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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 place de la republique has become a touching monument to the victims, and as the sun goes down passers-by relight the thousands of candles that have been left by previous visitors Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
The place de la republique has become a touching monument to the victims, and as the sun goes down passers-by relight the thousands of candles that have been left by previous visitors Photo: Shane Fitzsimons

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.

People gather outside the popular bar Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
People gather outside the popular bar Photo: Shane Fitzsimons

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.

Place de la Republique as the sun goes down. Photo: Shane Fitzsimons
Place de la Republique as the sun goes down. Photo: Shane Fitzsimons

Further along Boulevard Voltaire, the Bataclan remains shut. But they have vowed to open before the year is out.

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