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] 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]

Rivoli Beaubourg attack
LocationRue de Rivoli, Paris, France
Date30 March 1985
9:45 pm
Deaths0
Injured18
PerpetratorUnknown
MotiveAntisemitism (suspected)

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. Nobody was ever convicted of the attack.[5][6]

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 at a leg.[7]

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  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. ^ "Demonstrators protest bomb attack on theater".
  4. ^ "ATTENTATO ANTISEMITA VENTI FERITI (9 GRAVI) IN UN CINEMA DI PARIGI - la Repubblica.it".
  5. ^ "List of Bombs in France".
  6. ^ "Demonstrators protest bomb attack on theater".
  7. ^ "" Charlie Hebdo " : Du côté des blessés, entre trauma et soulagement". Le Monde.fr. 18 December 2017.