Paris to archive tributes left after terror attacks

Paris to archive tributes left after terror attacks
A young woman reads messages left across the road from the Bataclan music venue. Photo: AFP
The thousands of tributes including poems, drawings and messages of support left at the makeshift shrines around Paris will be collected and archived for posterity, city officials have said.

Ever since the November 13th attacks on Paris crowds of mourners have left tributes and messages at the various sites that were targeted across the French capital.

Poems have been pinned to trees, photos of the victims were left among the flowers and defiant messages posted on the walls of the bars and the cafes where so many were gunned down.

The memorials continue to attract crowds who still one month on leave messages.

Hundreds of school children’s drawings are hung around the attack sites.

But now as Paris seeks to move on, cleaning teams have begun removing many of the tributes. However, city officials confirmed on Wednesday that they would not be consigned to the dust bin.

Many of the messages have already been removed after being damaged by the elements.

“We’re trying to combine two objectives: to maintain these memorials during the time of grief and at the same time, to save tribute notes,” said Guillaume Nahon, director of Archives of Paris said.

The tributes will eventually be photographed and uploaded onto a website where they can be viewed.

The move by Archives de Paris to store the messages was in part due to their regret at not keeping the tributes and notes left at the January attacks in Paris, notably those left outside the offices of Charlie Hebdo.

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