On the night of November 13th, a series of bombs exploded in 6 different areas of Paris, as well as there being a series of shootings in the capital of France. The area that got the most coverage, however, was the Bataclan Theatre where a rock group called The Eagles of Death Metal were playing a gig.
During this concert three men stormed inside and started shooting at the concert goers, leaving 89 people dead. The attack lasted for 20 minutes, after which approximately 100 people were taken as hostages. When the police arrived at the scene, the terrorists had already started killing some of the hostages before two perpetrators detonated their suicide belts. The third was shot by a policeman, triggering his suicide belt to go off, too.
Other areas that experienced suicide bombing attacks were the Stade de France, where there suicide bombs went off, as well as on the Voltaire boulevard. Shootings took place in the Rue Bichat, the Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi, and the Rue de Charonne. The death toll rose to a staggering number of 129 people, leaving many others wounded.
The perpetrators of these events were found to be members of the Islam extremist group, Islamic State or IS and openly admitted that it was their doing. The reason for this being that they felt François Hollande, the French prime minister, treated members of the Muslim religion unfairly. This was also shouted out by one of the gunmen during the shooting at the Bataclan theatre.
The BBC Panorama documentary gives insight to how the survivors of these attacks are coping with the trauma, and how their lives have changed. In one interview they speak to a man who had been at the theatre with his loved one. John Sweeney and his girlfriend had heard banging noises but figured it was part of the set. They then saw the gunmen opening fire, and feared for their lives. Amongst all the dead bodies, he told her, “If I don’t make it out alive, remember I love you”.
This is just one example of the gut-wrenching tales as told by these survivors. BBC Panorama once again succeeds in showing us what happened behind the scenes and how everyone pulled together to help with the leftovers of a terrorist attack.