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In memoriam: A look at some of the Paris attack victims

AFP / Bertrand Guay | Memorial with flowers and candles at Place de la République in Paris for the victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks.

Among the 130 victims of the Paris terrorist attacks were students, a filmmaker, a doctor, artists, music lovers and beloved parents and children. FRANCE 24 offers a few of their stories in memoriam.

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Stella Verry was a young Parisian doctor at Les Eiders health center in the 19th arrondissement, where officials described her as “close with her patients, very respectful and understanding in difficult situations, always smiling.” She loved to travel, and her companion Quentin Savoyen told French trade paper Le Quotidien du Medecin, “Stella had an insatiable cultural curiosity”. Verry died at Le Petit Cambodge restaurant.

 

Charlotte and Emilie Meaud were 30-year-old twins from Aixe-sur-Vienne in central France. The sisters had built successful careers in the French capital. Emilie was an architect at Chartier Dalix; Charlotte worked at Scientipôle Initiative, a company that helps innovative start-ups. ‘We will remember her love for life,’ Scientipôle said of Charlotte via Twitter. The sisters were killed during the attack on Le Carillion bar. Several hundred people gathered in their hometown after the attacks to pay tribute.

 

Eric Thome, 39, was an artist and co-headed ‘We Are Ted’, a Paris design studio specialising in bold, fanciful, often daring illustrations and photographs. Among the art created by Eric and his partner is a whimsical illustration of a Kalashnikov assault rifle that resembles a plastic toy covered in cartoon-like drawings with the words “It’s not my war” in bold letters. An avid music fan, Thome was attending the concert at the Bataclan when gunfire broke out. Eric leaves behind a 5-year-old girl and a second child due in early December.

 

Armelle Pumir Anticevic and her husband Joseph ran romantic boat cruises on the Seine and had just landed an important contract. So the Paris couple of 25 years decided to celebrate with a rock concert at the Bataclan. During the attack, they tried to escape the gunfire sprayed into the crowd from automatic weapons. Armelle and Joseph were close to the main exit when his wife crumpled into his arms, shot from behind. Police officers wanted to lead him out, but he couldn’t manage with the lifeless weight of his wife and he was forced to abandon her. Outside the concert hall, his thoughts turned immediately to his children aged 9 and 11. He phoned, and his son picked up. He had been watching television and already knew of the attack. The father recalled the boy saying: “Daddy, I’m glad at least one of you is still alive.”

 

It was supposed to be a night of champagne and celebration. Thierry Hardouin booked one of the best tables at La Belle Equipe for his girlfriend, Marie-Aimee Dalloz. It was her birthday and he wanted everything to be perfect. Instead, the lovers were gunned down in the adjacent Rue de Charonne when the terror cell struck the Paris restaurant. Dalloz, 35, was an asset recovery specialist at a bank.

 

Hardouin, 41, was a 15-year veteran police officer in Bobigny, just northeast of the French capital. His fellow officers bitterly bemoaned his death. “We knew each other since the police academy,” Jean-Luc Dubo told the newspaper Le Parisien. “He was a colleague and a very good friend. We’ll always treasure the picture of someone who loved life – a joyful man, helpful, and so professional. He brought good humour to the police force.”

 

Pierre-Antoine Henry was an engineer for a company that designed systems for military use. But the father of two was also a dedicated rock fan who had traveled far and wide to see his favorite bands. Henry, 36, had followed his yen for music to the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan, where he was among the victims. His childhood friend Julien Noel described him as “the nicest guy on Earth … someone that you would trust for pretty much anything,” He leaves behind his partner of 14 years and their daughters, aged 2 and 5.

 

Jean-Jacques Amiot, 68, was a photographer and rock music lover who took his retirement seriously by following his artistic passions. He was at the Bataclan when gunfire broke out. After news of the attacks erupted, Patrick Amiot had a terrible premonition about his brother Jean-Jacques. A phone call from their 90-year-old mother confirmed the terrible news. “The world of music, culture, Bataclan, this world was his world,” Patrick said of his late brother, who hung photos of Jimi Hendrix on the walls of his workshop. Jean-Jacques Amiot leaves behind two daughters and a number of grandchildren.

 

Nicolas Catinat is a hero in Domont, a town north of Paris. The 37-year-old carpenter was enjoying a rock concert with his friends at the Bataclan when the attack began. The deputy mayor of the town said that when Catinat saw the carnage unfolding in front of him, he positioned himself in front of his friends to protect them and was killed in the line of fire. “Brave,” wrote Deputy Mayor Jerome Chartier on his Facebook page, in a tribute to Catinat. To remember him and his heroic deeds, the town of Domont will name a park at city hall in Catinat’s name, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

 

When Frederic Henninot’s colleagues at the Banque de France gathered for a moment of silence in his honour, it was the second time in a year that France’s central bank mourned the loss of one of its own in a terror attack. A member of its General Council, economist and journalist Bernard Maris, was killed in January’s assault on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. “Once again, terrorism has plunged France and our institution into mourning,” the bank’s union, CGT Banque de France, said on its website in a statement on Henninot’s death. Henninot, 45, was killed during the attack on the Bataclan, where his girlfriend and two of his co-workers were wounded. Henninot leaves behind two children.

 

Thibault Rousse Lacordaire, 37, was an investment banker with a big heart. By day, he worked for Colony Capital, an equity management company, in Paris. But in his spare time, he volunteered for a local soup kitchen, serving food to the needy, sitting with them at family-style tables and engaging in animated conversation. He also had a rich academic background. He studied economics and management at the University Paris Dauphine and earned an advanced degree in finance at Paris University Val-de-Marne. He died at the Bataclan.

 

Julien Galisson was a world traveler who worked odd jobs to save money for globetrotting, according to the French newspaper Presse Océan. Galisson, 32, from Nantes, was also passionate about music – playing the saxophone and attending many concerts. Galisson was at the Bataclan with a friend, who survived the attack. Friends called Galisson “the man in the hat” because he was often sporting a colourful hat he had received as a gift during a stay in Thailand.

 

Franck Pitiot, 33, was a bit of a Renaissance man. A construction engineer, he was an enthusiast of roller blading, juggling, motorbiking, running and music. Pitiot earned a civil engineering degree at Ecole Centrale Paris, and completed his university studies in 2006 at ESSTIN in Nancy in northeastern France. He died in the attack on the Bataclan. The school remembered him on Twitter, saying: “L’ESSTIN-Nancy is in mourning.” The last item on a list of interests on his LinkedIn profile: humanitarianism.

 

Antoine Mary grew up in the town of Caen in northwestern France, but was drawn to Paris, where the 34-year-old worked for the past two years as an IT developer for Milky, an advertising agency in the French capital. Mary had just left the company to pursue a freelance career and had launched a website to drum up business. He was in the crowd at the Bataclan celebrating with a close friend, Germain Ferey, 36, when the attack began. His former employer tweeted: “Today we mourn one of our own. Your free spirit, your lovely sense of humor - Antoine, we’ll never forget you. RIP.” On social media, Mary shared his passion for music, especially rock and techno. Many in his hometown said they were grief-stricken. “So much sorrow for this magnificent young man,” said Anne-Marie Lechat, of Caen.

 

Victor Muñoz packed a lot into his 25 years. He was just 13 years old when he launched his first website, which was dedicated to his passion for poetry. Born in Barcelona, he was fluent in several languages, earned a master’s degree in digital business from the Paris School of Business and spent a year studying and working in the Czech Republic. He had just completed his studies and begun an internship at a startup. He decided to celebrate over a glass of wine with friends at the Paris restaurant and bar La Belle Equipe. Victor did not survive the ensuing attack.

 

David Perchirin began his professional life in journalism, but he made a career switch to pursue his true calling: education. Perchirin, 41, taught at two schools in Seine-Saint-Denis, a half-hour’s drive northeast of Paris. He was killed while attending the concert at the Bataclan. Rock music was one of his greatest passions, said his companion, Claire Peltier. So were a good whisky and cycling, she told the newspaper Ouest-France. “He went everywhere on two wheels – even to work,” Peltier said. Perchirin, a father of two, would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on Dec. 8.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and MASHABLE)

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