Here's how Paris remembered those killed in last year's terror attacks


Paris has commemorated those who died in the terrorist attacks that rocked the city a year ago today.

French President Francois Hollande led the tributes at a commemoration ceremony at the Bataclan music hall, where armed gunmen killed 89 people in a massacre at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert last year.

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French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveil a commemorative plaque in front of the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant (Christophe Petit Tesson AP/PA)

The ceremony followed a gig by Sting at the venue last night, marking the first live music to be played there since the attacks took place.

The former Police frontman opened the concert with a two-minute silence, and said: "In reopening The Bataclan we've got two important tasks to reconcile: first, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic venue represents."

President Hollande then travelled to commemoration events at five other sites attacked by Islamic extremists, including the Stade de France, where he unveiled a plaque in memory of the man who died there as a result of suicide bombings, Manuel Dias.

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A woman lays flower next to the commemoration plate outside the restaurant Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia) and the Carillon Hotel in Paris (Michel Euler AP/PA)

In total, 130 people died and over 100 were injured in the attacks at the Bataclan, the Stade de France, and four other locations across the city just 10 months after 12 people were killed by Islamist gunmen in response to a cartoon that depicted the prophet Muhammed in the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

Jesse Hughes, the Eagles Of Death Metal singer who was playing at the Bataclan when armed terrorists stormed the building last year, was turned away from today's ceremony in response to comments he made shortly afterwards in which he accused security staff as being complicit in the attacks.

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Eagles Of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes was turned away from the Bataclan venue after comments he made last year (Michel Euler AP/PA)

Hughes has since retracted his comments and apologised, but staff at the venue who turned him away said: "They tried to enter the venue and they are persona non grata. They are not welcome after what he said about the security.

"I mean, this man is just sick. That's all."

As mourners lay flowers opposite the Bataclan building in the fashionable 11th arrondissement (administrative city district), the French government confirmed that the state of emergency in France is likely be extended to "protect democracy".

Elsewhere in Paris, tributes were laid at the La Belle Equipe restaurant and the Carillon Hotel, which were also locations targeted in the 2015 massacre, and La Place de la Republique, which has come to represent a focal point for national mourning following the Charlie Hebdo attacks last January.

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A woman lays tributes at Place de la Republique, which has become a focal point for mourning victims of the attacks (Catherine Wylie/PA)

Helen Wilson, the former girlfriend of Briton Nick Alexander, who died whilst acting as the Eagles Of Death Metal merchandising manager at the Bataclan, attended last night's Sting concert.

She told the BBC: "You know what? It was amazing. I just feel so proud of myself, I am so happy to be here, I am so grateful to be alive, and I forgot that I like Sting."

She added: "You feel a weight off your shoulders. It was the right thing to do to come here. It was very beautiful and peaceful."