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Another Cafe Targeted In Paris Attacks Reopens, Ushering In Springtime

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 21/03/2016 Willa Frej

La Belle Equipe, a Parisian cafe where 20 people died in November's terrorist attacks in the French capital, opened its doors Monday for the first time since the fateful evening.

"Today is not any regular day," reads a post on the restaurant's Facebook page. "It's spring!"

"We're simply happy to be open again," one waitress told Agence France-Presse.

La Belle Equipe is the last of all of the bars and restaurants targeted in the attacks to reopen. The cafe A La Bonne Bière and the restaurant Comptoir Voltaire reopened in December, followed by the Carillon bar in mid-January, the restaurant Casa Nostra in February and the restaurant Petit Cambodge last week. The Bataclan concert hall has yet to reopen.

In all, 130 people died in the Nov. 13 attacks, which took place in various sites across Paris. The self-described Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted her best wishes to the restaurant on Monday.

The restaurant has documented its renovation on Facebook over the past few months. "Nothing is reparable, so we're going to have to start from scratch," the business noted on its Facebook page in December.

A stained-glass wall in the refurbished space features the names of those who died, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The attacks on the city continue to be at the forefront of France's domestic and foreign policy. Salah Abdeslam, one of the masterminds of the attacks, was captured Friday in Brussels after a four-month international manhunt. He and a second suspect were charged on Saturday with "participation in terrorist murder." Abdeslam has reportedly confirmed to investigators that he played a role in the attacks.

France has extended the three-month state of emergency that was implemented after Nov. 13, allowing authorities to enter homes without warrants and arrest people displaying suspicious activity.

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