National Gallery, London, lit up with Tricolore colours (c) Loco Steve Creative Commons 2.0

Paris cultural institutions reopen following attacks

Patrick Steel, 16.11.2015
Cultural organisations around the world express solidarity
Cultural institutions in Paris reopened at 1pm today following a minute’s silence to mark the victims of a string of terrorist attacks across the city on Friday.

The Louvre, the Musée D’Orsay and Notre Dame Cathedral were shut over the weekend pending a review of security arrangements at the ministry’s buildings. The Eiffel Tower, which was also shut, reopened at 4.20pm.

The French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, said last night that she had decided to reopen the culture minsitry’s buildings because “in this moment of tragedy for France, culture is, more than ever, the symbolic place to discover ourselves and others, to gather together, and exchange ideas”. The ministry was overseeing the security arrangements of each establishment on a case by case basis, she added.

In all 129 people were killed in the attacks, which occurred in the Bataclan concert hall, outside the Stade de France, and in bars and restaurants.

People around the world expressed solidarity with the victims and survivors. In the UK the government held a minute’s silence at 11am this morning, while the National Gallery in London was lit up with the colours of the Tricolore.