‘Hurtful’ Romantic TV Film Dramatising Bataclan Terror Attack Postponed After Petition

Floral tributes outside the Bataclan theatre one year after the 2015 attack.
Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

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.

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.

Claire Peltier, whose husband was killed inside the Bataclan, launched a petition last month demanding the “hurtful” film be dropped. “This project has hurt and shocked us,” she wrote. “We’re scandalised that a TV project like this could be made so soon after such a violent event.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, Angelique Chrisafis

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