Original story: 7/15/16
On Friday, 11/13/15, jihadist attacks in Paris caused the deaths of over 130 people and injured hundreds of others. In all, 4,000 people are believed to have been direct or indirect victims of the Bataclan terror attack. On July 5th, French government officials conducted a hearing in Parliament on the attacks. During the hearing, those who survived the attacks and relatives of the victims spoke out. Survivors spoke of the torture that some of the fellow patrons endured. Some of the women were raped and had their genitals stabbed, the eyes of other victims, men & women, were gouged out, others were disemboweled while others were castrated and/or decapitated. As a result of the gruesome nature, some victim’s bodies were not presented to the families. Source: French National Assembly: Report on behalf of the Commission of Inquiry
Update: 11/12/16: Bataclan reopens
Scores of survivors are expected to attend the concert, which is being held on the eve of the first anniversary of France’s bloodiest terror attack.
Organisers said they decided to reopen the famed Paris concert venue to prevent it becoming a “Tomb“.
Sting will donate the proceeds from the concert to two victims‘ charities.
The concert at the Bataclan Theatre, where about 1,500 people had been watching American band Eagles of Death Metal when the gunmen burst in last year, is one of the most symbolic.
Mr Frutos contacted British rocker Sting, who first performed at the Bataclan in 1978, about the concert after reading he wanted to help.
Sting says he hopes the concert will “Respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell“.
The 1,000 tickets on offer for the concert sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale.
The concert venue will be closed on Sunday, the actual anniversary, when a plaque is due to be unveiled in memory of those who lost their lives.
The Bataclan, the interior of which has been completely replaced, is opening again on Wednesday for a series of concerts by British singer Pete Doherty, Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour and British Sixties legend Marianne Faithfull. Source: BBC: Paris attacks: Bataclan reopens with Sting concert