“Life has to go on:” The Paris restaurant where 15 people were gunned down will reopen

The restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge, was one of several targets in the Paris terrorist attacks, where gunmen opened fire and killed 15 people. Less than a month later, it announced plans to reopen.

The restaurant made a Facebook post (link in French) to thank the public for their “enormously touching” support. The staff wrote:

In these hours of contemplation, we wanted to thank you for the support you have shown, for us and towards all those affected by this tragic event.

Our team is doing well, but it will take time to heal from the psychological shock. It is still a miracle when you look at the number of people who have not been so fortunate. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Le Petit Cambodge will reopen, because for each of us life must go on, but also out of respect for customers that night who were at the restaurant. Not to reopen would be to give in and admit defeat.

The restaurant did not say when it’ll open, instead ending their message with: “See you very soon—the whole team at Le Petit Cambodge.”

The other sites of the attacks have yet to announce whether they’d be reopening. Eagles of Death Metal, the band on stage during the Bataclan theater attack that killed 89 concertgoers, have offered to be the first band to play the Bataclan when the venue reopens. In an emotional interview with Vice, Jesse Hughes, co-founder and vocalist, said: “Our friends went there to see rock and roll and died. I want to go back there and live.”

Following the deadly attacks, a number of Parisians reaffirmed their right to enjoy life by enjoying the nightlife of Paris, which was so cruelly attacked on Nov. 13. Sarcastic hashtags, including #OccupyTerrasse (after the Occupy movement) and #FuckDaesh, sent a defiant message to ISIL: Même pas peur. We’re not afraid.

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