PARIS - A Paris bar where five people were killed in the jihadist attacks became the first to re-open Friday, with customers defiantly returning to the site where black-clad gunmen sprayed bullets at terrified evening drinkers.

A La Bonne Biere opened for business on a bright and sunny morning in the east of the capital and the first customers pushed through the doors as if everything was - almost - normal. The manager, Audrey Bily, came out to address a crowd of journalists and television cameras, standing near to where a carload of gunmen had pulled up on November 13 and spread terror through the trendy district as people enjoyed an end-of-week drink.

‘I would like to thank everyone who has supported us for your poems, your messages and posts that have so helped us,’ Bily said. ‘What are we going to do to start again, to bounce back? We have carried out some work, and repainted the walls to wipe away the signs of this nightmare.

‘The Bonne Biere cafe was a place where people meet and exchanged and shared. That is what we want it to be again today,’ she said. Piles of candles and flowers in memory of the victims have been moved to make way for wicker chairs on the terrace as the everyday life of the bar resumed. But a pile of floral tributes still lines the pavement in front of the bar, many wilting but some fresh. In the middle of them someone has hung a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘Proud to be Parisian’.