Rivoli Beaubourg cinema bombing

On 30 March 1985, a bomb exploded inside the Rivoli Beaubourg cinema in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France, where an annual Jewish film festival was being held. At the time the German film Eichmann und das Dritte Reich (1961) about the Holocaust was being screened.[1]

Rivoli Beaubourg attack
LocationRue de Rivoli, Paris, France
Date30 March 1985
9:45 pm
MotiveAntisemitism (suspected)

Eighteen people were wounded when the bomb exploded, planted under a seat, causing a hole and damage to the ceiling. The organisers received an anonymous letter a week before about to "blow everything up, including the director" of the festival. The bombing caused fears of a rise of racism and anti-Semitism in France, and came not long after two Arabs were killed in southern France in racially-motivated attacks.[2]

The next day, some 6,000 demonstrators including political and cinema elite marched around the cinema and a Jewish memorial near the Hôtel de Ville protesting against the attack. President François Mitterrand also condemned the attack.[3]

Police said both far-right and far-left groups were the main suspects.[4] Two neo-Nazi groups reportedly claimed responsibility but police found it uncredible.[3] The Lebanese group Islamic Jihad Organization[3] and the French far-left group Action Directe[5] also claimed responsibility. Nobody was ever convicted of the attack.[6][7]

Fabrice Nicolino, who was wounded in the blast, would again fall victim to a terror attack in Paris 30 years later in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, in which he was critically injured in the leg.[7][8]

See also



  1. ^ "18 heridos en un atentado en un cine de París". El País. 29 March 1985.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Richard (31 March 1985). "New Attacks Feared After Paris Bombing at a Jewish Festival". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b c "Demonstrators protest bomb attack on theater".
  5. ^ Mother Jones. May 1987. Page 54
  6. ^ "List of Bombs in France". Associated Press News.
  7. ^ a b Konvitz, Josef W. Cities, Citizenship and Jews in France and the United States, 1905–2022 (Volume 2). Taylor and Francis, 2023
  8. ^ "" Charlie Hebdo " : Du côté des blessés, entre trauma et soulagement". Le Monde.fr. 18 December 2017.