Nov. 13, 2015 will be long synonymous with tragedy in France, after a wave of terror attacks across Paris killed a 130 people and injured hundreds more. One year after the attack, Parisians say they are forever changed.
CCTV’s Kate Parkinson reports.
Paris remembers 130 killed, one year after terror attacksNov. 13, 2015 will be long synonymous with tragedy in France, after a wave of terror attacks across Paris killed a 130 people and injured hundreds more. One year after the attack, Parisians say they are forever changed.
Ninety people were killed by suicide bombers at the Bataclan concert hall. The venue will reopen Saturday, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the attack with a performance by British rock star Sting.
Memories of the attacks are still vivid the threat of more attacks remains high.
“There is always a risk with terrorism. The risk, you can fight against the risk, but the risk exists,” Terrorism Expert Gilles Ferragu said. “And I think in France and especially in Paris, and especially in this area, the idea and the trauma of the terrorism is still in the consciousness.”
In the face of this ongoing threat, France has stepped up its military commitment against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
While at home, tens of thousands of armed soldiers patrol streets across the country.
The state of emergency declared last November remains in effect. It gives police extra powers to carry out searches and place people under house arrest.
“One of the problems with the state of emergency is it’s duration. There is no control over it and it’s tending to become permanent,” Cecile Guerin-Bargues, a law professor at the Universite Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Defense. “There is feeling the state of emergency is defending our way of life, but actually it is infringing our civil liberties.”