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Francois Hollande honours victims of Bataclan

By Catherine Wylie

French President Francois Hollande yesterday joined survivors and victims' families at the Bataclan concert hall to mark one year since the Paris terrorist attacks.

On November 13 last year, 89 people were killed as Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the venue, including Briton Nick Alexander.

Mr Hollande and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo arrived amid tight security and unveiled a plaque covered by a French flag at the door of the theatre.

The names of the victims were read out followed by a silent tribute to those who lost their lives.

Three suicide bombers stormed into the venue while other attackers targeted cafes and the Stade de France.

In total, 130 people died. Mr Alexander had been on tour with the American band selling merchandise. After Sting re-opened the Bataclan on Saturday night, Mr Alexander's ex-girlfriend Helen Wilson said there were a couple of tears, but she felt she had to hold it together for his family.

Mr Hollande was at commemoration events at the seven sites hit by the Islamic extremists.

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