‘Hurtful’ romantic film on Bataclan terror attack put on hold


Petition in France halts TV broadcast of fictional love story about couple who meet during 2015 Paris attack in which 90 people died.

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French state TV has postponed the broadcast of a romantic film about a fictional couple who fall in love against the backdrop of the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, after a petition demanded the “hurtful” project be dropped, reports The Guardian.

The TV film, Ce soir-là (That Night), finished filming last week. But after the widow of a Bataclan victim gathered more than 38,000 signatures for an online petition, France’s main public TV channel, France 2, said the project had been put on hold while producers consulted survivors’ groups.

On 13 November 2015, 130 people were killed in coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris and the suburb of St-Denis. Armed men entered the Bataclan concert hall during a gig by Eagles of Death Metal, killing 90 people and injuring scores of others over two hours.

The film had been billed as “a great love story” between a woman living behind the Bataclan and a passerby who both help people fleeing the gunmen. When survivors later ask to meet the people who helped them, the man and the woman cross paths again and a relationship begins.

The attack inside the concert hall was not to be shown in the film.

Read more of this report from The Guardian.

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