Sting reopens Bataclan one year after Paris attacks

AFP Paris, France Nov 12, 2016, 08.42 PM(IST)

The British singer began the concert with the song 'Fragile', which left many in tears. Photograph:( AFP )

Rock star Sting on Saturday reopened the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

"We will not forget them," the British singer told the crowd in French after a minute's silence for the victims.

"Tonight we have two tasks to achieve: first to remember those who lost their lives in the attack, and then to celebrate life and music in this historic place."

He began the emotionally charged concert with his song "Fragile", singing: "Nothing comes from violence and nothing will."

Many in the crowd at the popular rock venue -- where jihadists armed with guns and suicide bombs struck on November 13, 2015 -- wept during the first song.

But Sting, appearing on stage with French-Lebanese trumpet star Ibrahim Maalouf, then got the place on its feet clapping and stamping with "Message In a Bottle".

"I'll send an SOS to the world," he sang. "Only hope can keep us alive."