Café targeted in Paris attacks reopens its doors to public
Café Bonne Bière reopened with a sign above its entrance reading “Je suis en terrasse,” (“I am on the terrace”), a defiant message that Parisians have embraced since the attacks to show that they are not scared to be on the streets.
"À la bonne bière" réouvre ce matin avec une banderole "Je suis en terrasse" pic.twitter.com/y53V8EwpYv— Cédric Cousseau (@CedricCousseau) December 4, 2015
The cafe was one of seven sites attacked by terrorists acting on behalf of Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL). Footage from the evening captured the aftermath of the attack. It had been covered in flowers and candles since the assault.
Owners Audrey Bily and Romain Debray replaced windows that had been shot through with bullet-holes, telling reporters at the opening: “It is time for us to gather together again, united, and to go forward in order not to forget.”
A chalkboard outside the cafe offered condolences to the victim’s families and thanked the emergency services.
Plus tôt, les proprios de la Bonne Bière ont donné une petit conférence de presse. Avec le sourire. pic.twitter.com/95j2IKUEVh— Nicolas Beunaiche (@NBeunaiche) December 4, 2015
A l'entrée de la Bonne Bière. pic.twitter.com/jZSgmCq7BJ— Nicolas Beunaiche (@NBeunaiche) December 4, 2015
Other locations involved in the attacks have also said they will reopen in the future. Restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, where 15 people were killed, posted to its Facebook: “Not to reopen would give in and concede a victory which will never be gained."
Owners of the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed, said they plan to open the venue by the end of 2016. Speaking to Le Monde, owners Olivier Poubelle and Jules Frutos said: “We are dead for the moment. But we need life,” and “It is vital that the doors reopen.”
Eagles of Death Metal, the band who were playing at the Bataclan on the night of the attacks, said in an interview with Vice that they want to be the first band to play the venue when it reopens.
November 13, 2015. I, along with my bandmates @eodmofficial, had the privilege to play to one of the most energetic crowds of our tour when, nearly half way through the show, the unimaginable occurred. Absolute and unnecessary evil turned our world on its head. I am beyond grateful that I was able to find a way out of the venue, but I am mourning those who did not, including our mate, Nick Alexander. My thoughts are with their families. I'm home safe. And now I have a new family abroad. To Arthur, who ran for his life right beside me and selflessly put us in a taxi before himself, thank you. To Fabrice, a fan who lent me his phone later that night so I could call @emilydorio and attempt to put her at ease, thank you. To everyone who, in the face of unrelenting evil, went toe to toe using courage, compassion, and love as their weapons. You all are my heroes. Last but certainly not least, the outreach and support back home is appreciated more than you'll ever know. I will never forget it. I am forever changed but hold fast to the love around us. I'm counting down the days until I get to finish that concert. Peace & love.✌🏼️❤️🤘🏼 #prayforparis #bataclan #eodm