French Live Entertainment Industry Wants Millions In Govt Aid After Paris Attacks

25 November 2015 | 1:21 pm | Staff Writer

Prodiss speaks out.

The aftermath of the tragic Paris attacks has seen a number of live events and concerts be called off for safety reasons and now France's entertainment industry is asking for millions of dollars in state aid to combat these incredibly tough and unfortunate times. 

According to ABC, French entertainment group Prodiss are asking for $50 million euros, after saying that the four million euros they were promised by culture minister Fleur Pellerin is not enough. 

In a prepared statement the group said, "The shock wave (that has hit the sector) needs a medium-term plan."

 "...To minimise the impact we estimate that 50 million euros will be needed."

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It has been reported that ticket sales in Paris have fallen by 80 percent following the terror attacks, the worst in the city's history since World War Two. 

While most of Paris' major theatres and concert halls have re-opened, it is reported that theatre audiences are down by more than one third.

Since the horrific events, a number of music acts such as U2, Foo Fighters, Motorhead and Marilyn Manson have cancelled concerts in the French capital, while US heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch this week called off a show in Milan, after it was rumoured that the venue had potentially been targeted by ISIS. 

Meanwhile, the drummer of Eagles Of Death Metal who was performing at the Bataclan hall with the band at the time of the Paris siege, has spoken out for the first time since the attacks.

Read his full statement here