PARIS LATEST: Irishman shot at Bataclan concert venue recovers as families mourn victims

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
PARIS LATEST: Irishman shot at Bataclan concert venue recovers as families mourn victims

The Irishman shot at the Bataclan concert venue during Friday night's terror attacks in Paris has undergone surgery, the Irish embassy in Paris have confirmed.

The man, who is believed to have been visiting Paris for the weekend, is being described as serious but stable condition, reports RTE.

The embassy added that consular assistance has been provided to the man and his family, and that his family have been notified of his condition.

Meanwhile, families in more than a dozen countries are mourning after the Paris terror attacks that killed at least 129 people.

And as more than 350 people were injured in Friday's night's gun and suicide bombing attacks, with 99 in critical condition, the number is likely to rise.

The majority of the victims will be French, and they included Valentin Ribet, 26, a lawyer with the Paris office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells, who was among scores of people killed at a rock show in the Bataclan concert hall.

Mr Ribet received a master of laws degree from the London School of Economics last year, and earlier did postgraduate work at the Sorbonne university in Paris.

His law firm said he worked on the litigation team, specialising in white collar crime.

"He was a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office," the firm said.

Djamila Houd, 41, of Paris, originally from the town of Dreux, south-west of the capital, also died on Friday night.

The newspaper serving Dreux - L'Echo Republicain - said she was killed at a cafe on the rue de Charrone.

According to Facebook posts from grieving friends, she had worked for Isabel Marant, a prestigious Paris-based ready-to-wear house.

Thomas Ayad, 32, producer manager for Mercury Music Group and a music buff, was killed at the Bataclan. In his home town, Amiens, he was an avid follower of the local hockey team.

Lucian Grainge - the chairman of Universal Music Group, which owns Mercury Music - said the loss was "an unspeakably appalling tragedy," in a note to employees.

Mathieu Hoche, 38, a technician at France24 news channel, was also killed at the concert. A friend, Antoine Rousseay, tweeted about how passionately Mr Hoche loved rock 'n' roll.

Guillame Decherf, 43, a writer who covered rock music for the French culture magazine Les Inrocks was also at the Eagles of Death Metal concert, having written just two weeks earlier about the band's latest album. He had two daughters.

Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, 29, of Madrid, who another victim of the massacre at the Bataclan.

The Spanish state broadcaster TVE said he was an engineer, living in France with his wife, also an engineer. They were both at the concert, but became separated amid the mayhem.

Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was a student at California State University, Long Beach.

The university said Ms Gonzalez, from El Monte, California, was attending Strate College of Design in Paris during a university exchange programme.

She was in the Petit Cambodge restaurant with another Long Beach State student when she was fatally shot.

A university spokesman described her as buoyant and extremely energetic. She lived in the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte.

Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester, Essex, England, was working at the Bataclan selling merchandise for the Eagles of Death Metal.

"Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal," his family said in a statement.

"Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world."

Chile's foreign ministry said three of its citizens were killed in the terrorist attacks.

Germany's Foreign Ministry said one of its citizens was killed in the attacks.

The ministry's statement did not say how or where the German man was killed, nor did it identify him.

The Paris correspondent for German public broadcaster ARD, Mathias Werth, wrote on Twitter that the man had been sitting on the terrace of a cafe when he was killed.