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Paris Cafe Reopens Two Months After Attacks
The Carillon cafe reopened its doors for the first time since it was among the Paris sites targeted by Islamic extremists in November.
A staff member raises his glass to toast with customers inside the Carillon restaurant as it reopens on Jan. 13 exactly two months after the attacks in Paris.
The French capital is trying to revive tourism and commerce after the attacks that cost 130 lives and cast a shadow of fear over the city.
People sit on the terrace of the Carillon cafe as it reopened.
Paris tourism took a hit in the weeks following the violence. State statistics agency Insee said hotel occupancy in the French capital dropped by 25 percent in the two weeks that followed the attacks, compared to November 2014. Air France estimates the attacks caused 120 million euros ($130 million) in lost revenue.
"Welcome to the Carillon," bartenders said while opening the doors, offering a glass of champagne to the first customers, some of whom were altering between smiling and crying.
People drink inside Le Carillon bar as it reopens.
France has been in a state of emergency since the November attacks. Over 13,000 troops, including 6,000 in the Paris region, have been deployed on French territory in addition to police forces.
A makeshift memorial grows in front of Le Carillon restaurant on Nov. 15, 2015, following the attacks.