Le Bataclan, the Paris club attacked by terrorists on Nov. 13, plans to reopen this year

Rebuilding after a tragedy.
Rebuilding after a tragedy.
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Le Bataclan, the historic Parisian concert hall where 89 people were killed in the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, will undergo renovations with the goal of reopening to the public before the end of the 2016, the Agence France-Press reported today (Feb. 10, link in French).

Renovations have not yet started, but the venue’s owners, the Lagardère group, which bought a majority stake in the concert hall (link in French) last September, told the AFP that they will do their best to reopen within the calendar year. Le Bataclan’s long-time managers had said in December that they would like to see the hall reopened by the end of 2016.

First opened in 1865, Le Bataclan is one of the most well-known concert venues in France. The California rock band Eagles of Death Metal was performing at the venue when it was stormed by assailants on Nov. 13, one of several coordinated attacks across Paris claimed by the militant group ISIL which left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. After the attacks, the venue served as the site of an impromptu memorial for the victims.