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Paris cafe La Bonne Biere reopens after terror attacks

Published 04/12/2015 | 07:56

Romain Debray and Audrey Bily, managers of La Bonne Biere, speak to the media in front of their cafe in Paris during its reopening (AP)
Romain Debray and Audrey Bily, managers of La Bonne Biere, speak to the media in front of their cafe in Paris during its reopening (AP)

A cafe where five people were killed by a squad of Islamic extremist gunmen in the Paris terror attacks has reopened.

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La Bonne Biere, a corner cafe in the trendy central Paris district targeted by the gunmen, opened for business again on Friday morning.

Since the attacks, the shuttered cafe has been piled high with flowers, like the other sites of the November 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.

Paule Zlotnik, a neighbouring shopkeeper, praised the decision: "It's time they open and that we continue life as it was before."

In surveillance video, two gunmen in black calmly approached La Bonne Biere that night, firing deliberately on the outdoor tables before turning back towards a car that can be seen rolling slowly behind them.

Also on Friday, European Union interior ministers met in Brussels seeking to clinch a deal on sharing airline passenger information, which France says is a vital security tool for tracking extremists.

Arriving to chair the meeting, Luxembourg deputy prime minister Etienne Schneider said: "If we don't get agreement today, it will be extremely difficult to get any agreement at all."

The deal would give EU law-enforcement agencies access to information gathered by airlines like names, travel dates, itinerary, credit card and contact details.

Experts have narrowed down differences between security concerns and privacy rights but could not agree on whether to store the traveller information for six months, or nine months as France demands.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve described the system as "indispensable in the fight against terrorism".

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