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'Tonight, we are all Parisians' - Bono pays tribute to Paris victims

The band had cancelled plans to perform in the city the night after last month’s attacks.
Dec 7th 2015, 8:11 AM 11,172 48

U2 FRONTMAN BONO last night paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the band’s concert in the city.

Names of the 130 people who died in the November massacre were projected on a giant screen in the venue as the group performed Pride (In the Name of Love).

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“We stand together with the families of those killed in Paris. We stand together with the families of those killed in San Bernardino,” Bono told the crowd.

“Tonight, we are all Parisians,” he continued.

There are few words to speak to the loss you are feeling in this city tonight.”

Bono went on to wrap himself in a French flag for the encore as he sang a verse from Belgian singer Jacques Brel’s Ne Me Quitte Pas or Don’t Leave Me.

U2 had rescheduled the show, part of its Innocence and Experience tour, after cancelling plans to perform in Paris the night after last month’s attacks.

Earlier, the group dismissed rumours that it would be joined on stage by Eagles of Death Metal, the band that was performing in the Bataclan concert venue when suicide bombers stormed it on 13 November.

The US band has said it wants to play in Paris again.

Additional reporting by AP

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