November 13 marked the one year anniversary of the horrible Paris Attacks at the Bataclan theater in Paris.


Six coordinated attacks left 130 dead in the city. The last attack occurred at the famed Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were killed during a show. On Saturday, rocker Sting was the first to perform at the hall since the tragic events last year. “We will not forget them,” the singer told the crowd in French. “Tonight we have two tasks to achieve: first to remember those who lost their lives in the attack, and then to celebrate life and music in this historic place.

Sting began the concert with his emotional song “Fragile,” during which many in the audience wept, before turning to the more upbeat “Message in a Bottle.”

Many survivors of the attacks attended the concert, including Aurelien. “It’s the first time I’ve been in a public space for a year,” said the 30-something man. “I haven’t been to the cinema, to a concert, I get my shopping delivered — I’ve always stayed at mine. Tonight I’m taking my life back like it was before. It’s a duty, there’s an obligation to be here — because there are 90 people who can’t come anymore.”


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Throughout Paris, other memorial moments occurred for the anniversary of the attacks. People gathered to send hundreds of red, white, and blue lanterns down Paris’s Canal Saint-Martin as crowds took place in a moment of silence for those who lost their lives. A special Mass was also held at Notre Dame Cathedral in memorandum.

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