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French investigators reenact Bataclan attack

The exercise is designed to prevent similar attacks in future, especially ahead of the European football championships

By IQ on 17 Mar 2016

Floral tributes, Bataclan, Paris, Roberto Maldeno

Floral tributes outside the Bataclan in Paris

image © Roberto Maldeno

French police and paramedics will re-enact the attack on the Bataclan today as part of an investigation into the events of 13 November.

The exercise is designed to shed light on how the evening played out and prevent a repeat of the attack, which saw Islamic State-affiliated gunmen massacre 89 people at an Eagles of Death Metal concert.

Later, investigators will also stage a fake bombing on a mock sports crowd – echoing the botched suicide attacks on the Stade de France, also on 13 November – in preparation for the Euro 2016 football championships, which will be held in France from 10 June to 10 July.

Many victims’ families have criticised the re-enactments as being needlessly painful. Nadine Ribert-Reinhart, the mother of a victim of the Bataclan attack, told AP the exercises will ‘do little to help families understand what happened to their loved ones’.