Bono writes Paris attacks song ahead of gig

U2 frontman Bono has written a song about the Paris attacks ahead of a defiant return to the French capital on Sunday that may also feature the Eagles of Death Metal whose show was targeted by the jihadists.

Bono writes Paris attacks song ahead of gig
In an interview for CNN, Bono recited lyrics from a new song called "Streets of Surrender" that touched on the Paris violence. Photo: Dave Kotinsky / Getty / AFP

The Irish rock band cancelled their shows in Paris earlier this month in the wake of the attacks on November 13 that left 130 dead.

But they quickly rescheduled them and are due to appear at the 16,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena on Sunday and Monday.

“We think of music as the sound of freedom,” said guitarist The Edge, in an interview with CNN.

“We think rock and roll has a part to play, so going back to Paris to us is not just symbolic. I think we're actually starting the process of resistance, of defiance against this movement,” he said, referring to the Islamic State group that carried out the attacks.

In the same interview for CNN, Bono recited lyrics from a new song called “Streets of Surrender” that touched on the violence.

He said he had started writing the song for Italian singer and long-time friend, Zucchero.

The lyrics include the lines: “Every man's got one city of liberty, for me it's Paris, I love it.

“Every time I get lost down these ancient streets, I find myself again. I didn't come here to fight you. I came down these streets of love and pride to surrender.”

The song also touches on the refugee crisis, with a lyric mentioning the young Syrian boy photographed dead on a beach earlier this year: “Everybody's crying about some kid that they found lying on a beach, born in a manger.”

The worst of the violence took place at the Bataclan music venue, where 90 people were killed during a gig by the Eagles of Death Metal.

Rumours have been circulating in the music press that the band will join U2 on stage in Paris for at least one of their shows, though neither camp has yet confirmed the appearance.

Bono told CNN that the Islamic State's ban on music was perverse.

“Think about the idea of outlawing music. A child sings before it can speak. It's the very essence of our humanity,” he said.

Bono and The Edge are both francophiles who share a house in the south of France, and there are rumours the singer also has a home in Paris.

“It seemed like the target was culture and every kind of expression of the best of humanity: great music, restaurants, French food — everything that we hold dear,” said The Edge of this month's attacks, which hit several restaurants and bars as well as the Bataclan venue.


Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.