Paris Bataclan music hall to reopen this year

The owners of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were massacred by jihadists on November 13, 2015, say they plan to host music shows again before the end of the year.

The Bataclan is an historic venue whose distinctive 19th century Chinoiserie-style building has been shuttered since the Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead and 350 others wounded.

In a statement Wednesday, the club owners said, “We’ll do our best to host events before the end of 2016.”

The Bataclan, in Paris’s 11th district near the Place de la République, was one of the capital’s top venues for live music before the attacks. In the months since, dignitaries and international music stars including U2 and Madonna have laid flowers there to honour the attack victims.

The reopening of the famed music hall has been in the works since December, when Olivier Poubelle and Jules Frutos, who own 30% of the venue, told French daily Le Monde they were determined to see the Bataclan brought back to life.

-more at France 24

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