In the wake of last month's horrific terror attacks that killed more than 130 people, life in Paris goes on. Fifteen people were killed when attackers entered four-year-old family-owned Cambodian restaurant Le Petit Cambodge wielding machine guns on the night of November 13; now, the restaurant has announced plans to reopen soon.
A statement posted to the restaurant's Facebook page (originally posted in French) reads in part, "Le Petit Cambodge will reopen, because for every one of us life must go on, but also by respect for the customers who that night were at the restaurant. [Not to] reopen it would give in and concede a victory which will never be gained."
At least seven other Paris restaurants were affected in the violent attacks, including sidewalk cafe Comptoir Voltaire, where a suicide bomber caused nearly a dozen casualties. The Local reports that while Le Petit Cambodge may wait until after the New Year to reopen, Cafe Bonne Biere, where five people were shot dead, plans to reopen this Friday; meanwhile, restaurant and bar Le Carillon may reopen its doors as soon as December 10.
The Bataclan concert hall where attackers took hostages and killed 90 people during a show by Los Angeles band Eagles of Death Metal has also announced intentions to reopen in 2016; co-owner Jules Frutos tells The Local he wants the music to go on, saying, "It should not become a mausoleum. Or a site of pilgrimage."