Paris residents enjoy musicians playing as part of the annual “Fete de la Musique” (music day) in June. PHOTO: LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP French president Emmanuel Macron led the commemorations on the second anniversary of the Paris terror attacks on Monday. The atrocities aimed to crush the French capital’s joie de vivre, but did not succeed. On the night of November 13th 2015, Paris was plunged into horror as jihadist killers launched simultaneous attacks on bars, the national stadium and a concert hall, leaving 130 dead. On Monday President Macron, his predecessor François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo visited the site of each attack including the Stade de France and the Bataclan to honour the 130 victims. If the bloodbath sought to crush the city’s much-envied lifestyle of pavement cafes, boozy meals, skimpy skirts and partying, it failed. Even as it mourned its dead, Paris defiantly resumed its traditional behaviour, recasting itself in its role as the City of Lights. Tourist numbers this year have surged, testifying to the French capital’s enduring allure. For the January-June period, hotels in the Paris region reported 16.4 million guests, the highest in a decade. But emotional scars… Read full this story
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