Paris’ Bataclan venue to reopen in 2016

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President Barack Obama, right, and French President Francois Hollande place flowers at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay his respects after arriving in town for the COP21 climate change conference Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

PARIS (AP) – The directors of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where two-thirds of the 130 victims of the Paris attacks were killed, have said it will reopen before the end of 2016.

Jules Frutos — who has run the venue with Olivier Poubelle since 2004 — told Le Monde in an interview published Wednesday that “it’s necessary to see the doors open again.”

Poubelle said that “it shouldn’t be turned into a mausoleum. Or a pilgrimage site.”

World leaders, including Barack Obama, have been visiting the site this week, each bringing a white rose to honor those who died in the Nov. 13 attacks.

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