Cafe hit in Paris' 13 November attacks to reopen

Cafe hit in Paris' 13 November attacks to reopen
2 min read
13 January, 2016
The Carillon, one of several bars and cafes targeted by terrorists in November, will reopen on Wednesday afternoon.
People tie flags to show solidarity at 'Le Carillon', December 13, 2015 Paris, France. [Getty]
Paris' Carillon Cafe - which was targeted by Islamic State group gunmen in 13 November coordinated attacks - will reopen on Wednesday afternoon.

Fifteen people died at the cafe when IS-linked militants and a Cambodian restaurant opposite, in the city's 10th arrondissement. 
 
On Wednesday morning, Parisians found a discreet paper sign on the door of the Carillon Cafe saying it would reopen in the afternoon after being closed for two months.

Bouquets of flowers and photos of the victims still adorn the facade.


The cafe has been a focal point for memorials for the dead and the reopening of the Carillon is seen as victory for the city against extremism.

Pierre Bertrand, a Parisian now living in London, told The New Arab "the time for mourning is over...it's time for our city to display it's character and go back to doing what makes it great again".

After the attacks, the owners thanked the French public for their support in a open letter.

"Thank you for all your support which touches us. Courage to you all, and let us stay united in sorrow but also in hoping for happier and forever more fraternal day," it read.

Paris is still recovering from the attacks which left 130 people dead in restaurants, cafes and a music venue. 

The economic and psychological effects of the attacks have also been marked and Air France estimates that the November attacks cost it $130million in lost revenue.

The reopening of the cafes and bars targeted by the attackers could be a sign that normality is returning to the French capital after months of mourning and give confidence back to the city.

It is hoped this will encourage tourists to visit Paris.

Two other cafes targeted in the attacks have already reopened.