French book trade 'will not give in to barbarity'

French book trade 'will not give in to barbarity'

The French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) has expressed its "deep sadness, support and solidarity with the families and colleagues" of the two young editors who died in the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall on Friday (13th November).

The death toll is not yet final, but the two editors Lola Salines, 29, an editor with Edi 8, and Ariane Theiller, 24, from Rustica Hebdo, have been named among those who were killed when terrorists stormed the Eagles of Death Metal gig on Friday night, killing 89 people and wounding many more.

Mourning all the victims of the shootings, the SNE stressed that editors and all others in the book industry "will not give in to barbarity." "Permeated with the freedom to think, write, draw and publish we are conscious of the absolute necessity to transmit knowledge and ideas, and to defend - regardless of the cost - the universal values of human rights," the organisation said.

Paying tribute to the editors who were gunned down, Vincent Barbare, c.e.o of Edi 8 said Salines was "full of curiosity and life" and a product of her generation marked by YouTube that she transformed into books. He told Livres Hebdo that Salines had been put in charge of the new 404 Editions label four months ago, and would have started publishing YouTubers’ books and video games guides, such as escape games, in January. The best homage would be "to develop this label in which (Salines) had invested so much (time and energy)," he added.

Commenting on Theiller’s death, Pôl Scorteccia, the director of Ubran Comics, which publishes Rustica Hebdo, said the young editor was intelligent, very cheerful, and well liked by the whole of the team.

The International Publishers Association has also expressed its condolences. "The world is shocked and saddened by the atrocious attacks which happened in Paris on 13 November," a spokesperson said. "The IPA grieves for all the victims and we extend our sincere condolences to their families."

Separately, the leading cultural products chain Fnac announced that it was postponing the meeting of the jury of the lycée students Goncourt prize and award ceremony that were scheduled for today (Tuesday) in Rennes, Brittany.

Amazon websites across the world have dedicated their home pages to expressing 'Solidarite' with the French people following the terrorist attacks, which feature just that word along with an image of the French flag.

Paris was hit by a series of terrorist attacks on Friday evening (13th November) that left at least 129 dead and 352 wounded, including 99 on the critically injured list.

Altogether 89 people died when  gunmen stormed the theatre during the gig.  Three of the gunmen were killed and another gunman died nearby. In other attacks across the city, 19 people died when gunmen started shooting at La Belle Equipe on 92 rue de Charonne, 15 people died when gun men set upon Le Carillon bar and Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, while five died at La Casa Nostra restaurant on 92 rue de la Fontaine au Roi in the 11th district. Three attackers and a bystander were also killed near the Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris.

The Shakespeare and Co Bookshop in Paris in the 5th arrondissement, which was opened in 1951 by George Whitman and is now run by his daughter Sylvia, sheltered around 20 of its customers Friday night during the Paris attacks.