A MINUTE’s silence was observed today November 13 in France as the country marked the one year anniversary of the Bataclan terrorist attack which killed 130 people.
President Hollande led the tributes and visted the theatre and also the Stade de France and two cafes which were also targeted that fateful day.
The anniversary has not been without controversy. There are reports that Eagles of Death Metal, the American band playing when the terrorists struck, were denied entrance to the Bataclan.
In the aftermath of the attack frontman Jesse Hughes claimed that Muslim security officers at the venue had enabled the attackers. He later backtracked on the allegations but the claim touched a raw nerve in France which is struggling to integrate a substantial Muslim population.