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It's been almost a year since a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in the French capital left 130 people dead and dozens more injured.

The horrifying events of November 13, which sent shock waves throughout Paris and the wider world, ultimately resulted in the declaration of a three-month state of emergency across France.

And today, Sting has announced that on the eve of the attacks' one-year anniversary, he will be re-opening the Bataclan Theatre which saw the slaughter of 89 concert-goers attending an Eagles of Death Metal gig on the night.

Sharing a photo of the iconic Parisian venue on Twitter, Sting wrote: "Exclusive concert in Paris for re-opening of @le_bataclan just announced for Sat., Nov. 12. Details/ticket info at http://www.sting.com."

The acclaimed star released further details on his website and was eager to explain the motivation behind his decision to take to the stage on the eve of the anniversary.

"In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile." he began.

"First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents."

"In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them," he wrote.

It has been confirmed that all revenue from the show will be donated to Life For Paris and 13 Novembre: Fraternité Verité.




The man believed to have masterminded last Friday's attacks in Paris has been confirmed as dead.

French prosecutors today announced that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian citizen, was one of two people shot in a planned raid on a Parisian apartment yesterday, November 18.

The 27-year-old, who is of Moroccan descent, was identified from his fingerprints. 

Eight other people were arrested during the raid on the property in Saint Denis.

Heavily armed French police broke their way into the apartment following a tip-off that Abaaoud was hiding there. During the raid, a female – believed to be Abaaoud's cousin – killed herself by detonating her suicide vest.

The death toll of Friday's gun and suicide bomb attacks stands at 129, with hundreds of others injured. Seven different areas were targeted, with the death toll highest at the Bataclan theatre, where 89 people were killed.

investigators are still hunting for another man, Salah Abdeslam, in connection with the terror attacks. He is believed to have travelled to Belgium on Friday night.

According to the BBC, Abaaoud's presence in Paris raises huge questions for the reliability of French security services.

Before the attacks, Abaaoud was high on both French and Belgiuan wanted lists, and yet was able to travel from Syria to central Paris without being detected.



In graphic phone footage taken by a journalist during Friday night's terror attacks in Paris, one woman's fight for life was clearly visible.

Hanging from a second-storey window ledge, the pregnant woman appeared to be struggling, unable to jump down to safety or to climb back inside.

After the footage went viral and was shown on news channels across the globe, millions wondered what had become of her, and indeed, if she had made it to safety.

Thankfully, new reports confirm that the woman in question survived the attacks, after one man came to her rescue and pulled her back in through the window.

The woman, who wishes to remain unidentified as she recuperates, connected through a third party with her 'hero' on Twitter yesterday, and was able to thank him for helping her.

Her saviour, who also prefers not to reveal his identity, described to French newspaper La Provence how he had run onto the stage of the Bataclan to try and protect himself from being shot. He saw the woman hanging from a window in front of him and did his best to help her.

"She was pregnant and was pleading with the people below her to catch her if she jumped," he recalled. 

"Below it was chaos. I went through the other window and attached myself to a ventilation shaft.

"I was 15 metres off the ground. I held on for five minutes then the woman, who couldn’t hold on any longer, asked me to help her get back inside.

"So that’s what I did. I don’t know where she went following that." 

The man was later taken hostage but made it out safely when French police stormed the building.

At least 89 people lost their lives at the Bataclan when they were shot by gunmen wielding AK-47s and wearing suicide vests, during a concert by American rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

The shootings were part of a co-ordinated attack on Paris, which saw 40 others killed in six other locations across the city.