Paris Café Becomes First Of Targets To Reopen After Terror Attacks

Paris Café Becomes First Of Targets To Reopen After Terror Attacks

The Paris cafe where five people were killed during the terror attacks last month reopened its doors on Friday - the first of the targets to do so.

The re-open comes three weeks  after the violence and the bullet holes in the  La Bonne Biere are gone and Parisians have returned to its terrace.

The owners of the restaurant noted that "It is time for us to gather together again, united, and to go forward in order not to forget  and thanked the emergency services at the scene that night.

Manager Audrey Bily thanked supporters and said the cafe would "bounce back".

A handwritten message on a blackboard outside the cafe offered condolences to the victims' families Paule Zlotnik, a neighboring shopkeeper, praised the cafe's decision to reopen. "It's time they open and that we continue life as it was before," he said.

The attacks on 13 November left 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded.Close-circuit cameras at La Bonne Biere recorded the moment two gunmen approached the cafe and opened fire at those sitting on the terrace.

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Piles of flowers and candles still line the pavement where the victims died, but for the first time in three weeks on Friday a handful of customers returned to the tables and chairs outside. A banner above the entrance reads "Je suis en terrasse" - I am on the terrace - a message of defiance popular among Parisians in the wake of the attacks.

The Casa Nostra restaurant opposite the cafe, which was also hit, remains closed. The four other cafes and restaurants targeted in the attacks as well as the nearby Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people died, are also still closed.

 

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