- Title: President Hollande unveils plaque in memory of Bataclan victims
- Date: 13th November 2016
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 13, 2016) (AGENCY POOL) EXTERIOR OF BATACLAN CONCERT HALL WREATH ON GROUND FRENCH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS' CONVOY ARRIVING FOR COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY IN FRONT OF BATACLAN FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, MANUEL VALLS, STANDING WITH FRENCH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT, CLAUDE BARTOLONE AND FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, JEAN-MARC AYRAULT FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE AND PARIS MAYOR, ANNE HIDALGO, ARRIVING TO UNVEIL PLAQUE HOLLANDE AND HIDALGO UNVEILING LARGE PLAQUE WITH NAMES OF VICTIMS / HOLLANDE, HIDALGO UNVEILING PLAQUE WITH PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR VICTIMS "13ONZE15", GEORGES SALINES (BLACK HAT), WHOSE DAUGHTER LOLA WAS KILLED AT THE BATACLAN AND "13ONZE15" ASSOCIATION MEMBER, PATRICIA CORREIA (LEFT OF SALINES). WHOSE DAUGHTER PRECILIA WAS KILLED AT THE BATACLAN LOVED-ONES OF VICTIMS AS WELL AS PARIS ATTACK SURVIVORS LOOKING ON HOLLANDE AND HIDALGO STANDING IN FRONT OF PLAQUE AS VOICE READS NAMES OF DECEASED ALOUD PLAQUE WITH NAMES OF VICTIMS HOLLANDE AND HIDALGO LISTENING TO NAMES OF BATACLAN VICTIMS HOLLANDE AND HIDALGO PLACING WREATH UNDER PLAQUE VARIOUS OF HOLLANDE AND HIDALGO OBSERVING MINUTE'S SILENCE CEREMONIAL GUARDS STANDING ON EACH SIDE OF PLAQUE HOLLANDE GREETING LOVED-ONES OF VICTIMS AND PARIS ATTACK SURVIVORS HOLLANDE GREETING EMERGENCY AND RESCUE WORKERS END OF CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 28th November 2016 10:37
- Keywords: Bataclan attacks Islamic State Paris concert hall Hollande victims commemorative plaque
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00158A0MKN
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- Story Text: French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveiled two plaques at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Sunday (November 13) marking the one year anniversary since the November attacks which left 130 people dead.
On the night of November 13, 2015, eight Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the perimeter of the Stade de France sports stadium, the Bataclan and a string of six bars and cafes: La Belle Equipe, Le Petit Cambodge, Le Carillon, A la Bonne Biere, Casa Nostra, and Le Comptoir Voltaire.
The Bataclan suffered the most casualties as three gunmen stormed the concert hall and opened fire on the crowd with AK-47 rifles during a performance by the Californian rock band Eagles of Death Metal killing 90 people.
During a more than two-hour long assault, the attackers executed some victims and took others hostage. The attack ended after one militant was shot dead and the two others killed themselves by detonating explosive vests.
The ceremony was also attended by the victims' loved-ones as well as several French government officials such as Prime Minister Manuel Valls and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Hollande and Hidalgo unveiled a first commemorative plaque with the names of the Bataclan victims followed by a second plaque unveiled with the help of the Georges Salines and Patricia Correia who both lost their children on the night of the attacks.
Rock star Sting headlined a concert at the music hall on Saturday (November 12) night to mark the venue's reopening.
Proceeds from the Saturday's Bataclan gig will go to two charities helping survivors of the Paris attacks.
Earlier in the day, Hollande unveiled five other plaques, one at the Stade de France national stadium and four others at the bars and cafes targeted by the Islamist militants.
At the end of the ceremony, Hollande took a moment to greet the emergency and rescue workers who were on the scene of the attacks.
Responsibility for the killings was claimed by the Islamic State group, which has called on its followers to attack France due to its involvement in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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