PARIS — After canceling their two Paris concerts in the wake of terrorist attacks that killed 129 people, members of U2 visited the memorial site near the Bataclan to pay homage to the victims on Saturday night.
U2 had been scheduled for concerts at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena this weekend, the first of which was supposed to be telecast live on HBO. But the shows were hastily canceled amid the state of emergency declared by President Francois Hollande.
French media showed footage of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. somberly laying flowers at the memorial site strewn with candles and other tributes to the estimated 89 people who died while attending a performance by California band Eagles of Death Metal. Bono earlier condemned the attacks as a “direct hit on music.”
The Foo Fighters have also announced the end of their European tour and have canceled their concerts in Torino, Paris, Lyon and Barcelona.
Meanwhile, French investigators have made progress, having found one of the cars that was used by the terrorists in Montreuil, a suburb near Paris, according to AFP.
Inside the vehicle, police found Kalashnikovs. The car, a Black Seat, is suspected to be the one that was used by the terrorists who shot about 25 people sitting on terrasses of two cafes, according to Le Figaro.
Paris prosecutor said last night that the investigation has found that three groups of terrorists coordinated the attacks at six sites in Paris, including at the French Stadium during a soccer game France-Germany which Hollande was attending, as well as the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people killed, and at cafes across the city.
Investigators believe one of the three groups fled Paris and are currently hiding in Belgium. Police have so far made seven arrests near Bruxelles, per French reports. Two of the terrorists have been identified, per French reports. One of them was a Syrian man who was registered as a migrant in Greece in October, per Le Figaro. The other was a 29-year old French man who from Chartres near Paris; he had been arrested multiple times but never incarcerated. Although he was known by services as having been radicalized, he had never been linked to a terrorist attack, according to French network M6.
Many sites in Paris remain closed in the wake of Friday night’s coordinated assault. Notre Dame Cathedral is to reopen today for a special memorial mass led by Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois. “Our country knows the pain of mourning and must face barbarity propagated by fanatical groups,” the cardinal said in a message to parishioners.
Although Hollande has put France under a State of Emergency and advised against any large gatherings, Parisians took the streets on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims. Streets near the Bataclan, as well as Place de la Republique were packed throughout the day with people carrying signs saying “We are not afraid,” ” You Shall Not Kill” and “Je Suis Paris.”