Paris attacks: Bataclan reopens with Sting concert
November 12, 2016
Sting has reopened the Bataclan concert hall in Paris with a minute's silence for the 90 people killed by jihadists from so-called Islamic State.
The British singer told the audience, including survivors, that they had to honour the dead and celebrate life.
His concert is on the eve of the first anniversary of the co-ordinated attacks that left 130 people dead across Paris, culminating with the Bataclan massacre.
Sting will donate the proceeds from the show to two survivors' charities.
"We will not forget them," Sting said speaking in French, before starting his hour-long set shortly after 21:00 (20:00 GMT).
The performer began with the song "Fragile", singing: "Nothing comes from violence and nothing will."
Concert-goers, who had been arriving for a couple of hours before the concert began, were in a defiant mood ahead of the show.
"Sting is part of our youth but we also decided to come because of the Bataclan," a man, who gave his name only as Stefano, told PA news agency. "We hesitated at the beginning but we decided that life must be stronger."
The Bataclan has been renovated entirely since the attack.
BBC Five Live's Nick Garnett, who is at the concert, was searched three times before he was allowed to enter.
He tweeted: "The strangest atmosphere. The Bataclan has been repainted, renovated but it's still so vibrant with the horror of a year ago. #Paris".
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