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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bono attends ceremony commemorating Nice Bastille Day massacre

Prince Albert II of Monaco greets U2's Bono as he arrives to attend the commemorative ceremony for last year's July 14 Bastille Day fatal truck attack Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Prince Albert II of Monaco greets U2's Bono as he arrives to attend the commemorative ceremony for last year's July 14 Bastille Day fatal truck attack Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Alan O'Keeffe

U2 singer Bono has returned to Nice, one year after the terror atrocity which struck the city.

The star was dining in a restaurant in the French city when police ordered its immediate evacuation following the terror attack.

Fellow U2 member Adam Clayton also attended with Bono Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Fellow U2 member Adam Clayton also attended with Bono Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck through a crowd, murdering 84 people including 10 children, during Bastille Day celebrations on the famous seaside promenade in the Mediterranean resort.

The restaurant is just a few metres from the promenade.

A commemoration to honour the victims was held in Nice yesterday. Bono attended the commemoration with fellow U2 member Adam Clayton and they were greeted by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Bono and other diners were ordered that night to flee La Petite Maison seafront restaurant by police responding to the terror attack. The lorry driver was shot dead.

Speaking after the attack, Anne-Laure Rubi, the owner of the upmarket restaurant, said that 'by reflex' she grabbed the arm of Christian Estrosi, the former Nice Mayor, who was sitting close to Bono. She asked the former mayor what was happening as he learned of the attack on his mobile phone. The restaurant was evacuated shortly afterwards.

After the attack, U2 posted on their Twitter account: "Love is bigger than anything in its way - Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry."

Irish Independent

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