Memorial plaques unveiled on first anniversary of Paris attacks

François Hollande unveils plaques at national sports stadium, bars and restaurants and Bataclan concert hall

Memorial plaques unveiled on first anniversary of Paris attacks

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French president François Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, unveiled a memorial plaque listing the victims of last year's terrorist attacks on the city.

More than a dozen people died and others were seriously injured when Islamic State gunmen opened fire during last year’s Paris attacks.

Hollande unveiled plaques at each of the targeted sites, beginning at the national sports stadium in Saint-Denis where the first suicide bombs were detonated, followed by the bars and restaurants attacked by gunmen, and the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 were killed as men with automatic weapons burst into a rock gig.

Floating lanterns are placed on the Canal St. Martin in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, capping a day of ceremonies held for the victims of last year's Paris attacks. Image: Jerome Delay AP/Press Association Images

France is still under a national state of emergency, and a parliamentary investigation this summer identified multiple failings by France’s intelligence agencies before the attacks. Most of the attackers were from France or Belgium and several had been on police security lists. Members of the same terror cell were behind the Brussels attacks that killed 32 people in March.

 

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Last night, Sting headlined a concert to mark the reopening of the Bataclan concert hall - where 89 of the victims died.

The musician said the concert was to “honour” those killed in the attack a year ago with all proceeds from the show to be donated to charity organisations.

"In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile,” he said in a statement on his website.

“First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago and second, to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so, we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them."