Cafe Reopens Where 5 People Were Killed During Paris Attacks

| December 4 , 2015 , 15:54 IST
paris cafeLa Bonne Biere, the trendy corner cafe where five people were killed during the Paris attacks by ISIS linked militants, reopened on Friday. Since the attacks, the shuttered cafe has been piled high with flowers, like the other sites of the 13 November attacks that left 130 people dead. Speaking to the media outside, the bar's manager Audrey Bily thanked local residents for their support and offered all their condolences to the families of those killed. "This is a big moment for us to welcome back our customers. We are a big family here together. This has always been a place of sharing and conviviality. Now we want to get going again," Bily said. Construction workers have replaced the bullet-ridden glass panels, and on Thursday removed the broken chairs and tables that were no doubt crushed as people stampeded inside for safety. The owners have said certain changes have been made to the layout for "psychological reasons". The pavement is still bedecked with flowers and candles although the makeshift shrine has been reduced so people can pass by. On Friday a banner reading "Je suis en terrasse" (I am on the terrace) - one of the many mottos of resistance that emerged since the attacks, hung above the entrance. Meanwhile, across the road, the Casa Nostra remains firmly closed, but the other venues hit by the terrorists have vowed to reopen in the coming weeks. City workers have cleared flowers from both of two nearby venues that were also hit - Le Carillon bar and Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, where 15 people lost their lives. Le Carillon may reopen on December 10th, while owner of Le Petit Cambodge says they will wait until the new year. The Bataclan concert hall further down the road remains closed too, for the foreseeable future. The owners have vowed to reopen towards the end of 2016.

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