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Le Bataclan Is A Historic Paris Theatre Now Gripped By A Hostage Crisis

11/13/2015 06:12 EST | Updated 11/13/2015 10:59 EST

Le Bataclan's long history as a Paris theatre has now been marked by a violent attack that has left scores of concert-goers dead.

bataclan (Photo: Céline/Flickr)

American rock band Eagles Of Death Metal were reportedly on stage when gunmen entered the venue on Friday night. The musicians escaped through a back door, but at least 100 people are believed to have died in what was described as a "bloodbath."

Other attacks in the city including one at a restaurant also resulted in many deaths. Explosions were also heard near the Stade de France, site of a soccer game between the French and German national teams.

A Vine video showed French President Francois Hollande arriving at Le Bataclan on Friday.


Located on 50 Boulevard Voltaire, Le Bataclan is a nightclub considered one of Paris' oldest nightspots. Its doors opened for the first time in the 1800s and it has since hosted high-profile performers including Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier.

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