Paris attacks: Bataclan concert hall reopens
A CONCERT by British pop legend Sting has marked the reopening of Paris' Bataclan concert hall, one year after terrorists turned it into a bloodbath and killed 90 revellers with automatic weapons and explosive belts.
The coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13 last year that also targeted bars, restaurants and the sports stadium, leaving 130 people dead and hundreds more injured, was the worst extremist violence ever to hit France. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A sell-out crowd packed into the popular music venue, and the Bataclan said all 1,000 Sting tickets sold out in "less than 30 minutes" for the concert hall, which has a 1,500-person capacity.
Sting opened the emotionally charged gig with a minute's silence, telling the crowd: "We will not forget them."
"Tonight we have two tasks to achieve: first to remember those who lost their lives in the attack, and then to celebrate life and music in this historic place."