Flowers in the bullet holes...

Place de la République is again, like after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January, a place where people gather to express their feelings, this time after the November 13 killings. These photos were taken some four days after the event. Some flowers were already withering, most of the candle lights had had stopped burning, but many messages were still to be read, seen… News media and police forces were present.

The Bataclan saw the most victims, 89 dead and many seriously injured. You can still read “Eagles” as “tonight’s performers” on the facade as well as a banner added later telling that liberty is indestructible.

More or less simultaneously a number of bars and restaurants were attacked – “La Casa Nostra” and “Café Bonne Bière”. 5 victims….

… “Le Carillon” and “Le Petit Cambodge”. 15 victims….

… and “La Belle Equipe”. 19 victims.

In total, for the moment, some 128 dead (+ 7 terrorists) and hundreds injured, including some 40 seriously.  More than 200 still in hospital - five days later.


Vagabonde said...

It is always a tragedy to hear of terrorist attacks in any country, or in an aircraft like the Russian aircraft. But when it is close to home, it is harder. I checked the distance from where we lived in Paris to the Bataclan and it was less than 2 miles. Thank you Peter for showing all these demonstrations of support, so many flowers and candles. We are all in this “ensemble” together for sure.

Anonymous said...

The chesnut trees in that country all are withered
And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;
The pale faced moon looks bloody on the earth
And lean looked prophets whisper fearful change;
Peaceful men look sad and ruffians dance and leap,
The one in fear to lose what they enjoy,
The other to enjoy by rage and war.
William Shakespeare

De Profundis
Maria O. Russell

Jeanie said...

Peter, seeing the strong resilience of the French and Parisians is heartening with such sadness and the support shown in this post is inspiring. I hope that no one you know was injured or hurt in these attacks but just knowing that someone's someone is incredibly sad. Sending healing thoughts...

Synne said...

These photos are strong stuff, and this whole thing is absolutely heartbreaking. I'm glad you and yours are okay.

Christine said...

Thank you for sharing, I do not have words in any language to speak how I feel.

2 Corinthians 4 8:9 8 Nous sommes pressés de toute part , mais non pas écrasés ; perplexe , mais non dans le désespoir ; 9 persécutés , mais non abandonnés ; terrassés, mais pas détruit .

Studio at the Farm said...

It is an atrocity beyond belief and comprehension. I am just happy that you are all right, Peter.

Shammickite said...

This is a terrible tragedy for Paris, for France, for the world. But I fear that it is not the end.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your heartwarming pictures.