La Bonne Biere, a cafe that was one of the locations of November 13’s terrorist attacks, has reopened for business just three weeks after five diners were killed.
“It is time for us to gather together again, united, and to go forward in order not to forget,” the owners said.
People have already returned to occupy the cafe’s outdoor tables and chairs today, which are surrounded by piles of flowers and candles. A banner hangs over the front entrance that reads “Je suis en terrasse” – I am on the terrace.
“We are going to start again, to bounce back. We have carried out some work and repainted the walls to wipe away the signs of this nightmare,” said Manager Audrey Bily. “The Bonne Biere cafe was a place where people meet and exchanged and shared. That is what we want it to be again today.”
The cafe is the first targeted spot to re-open; the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal Show, plans to re-open in the new year.
“It’s time they open and that we continue life as it was before,” praised a neighbouring shopkeeper.
Cover photo: The Telegraph.