Bono Sings In Solidarity With Paris Victims

Almost three weeks after postponing two concerts following the Paris terror attacks, U2 returned to the French capital last night with an emotional and fearless performance.

Frontman Bono shouted "Vive La France" as he took to the stage of the AccordHotel Arena on the east side of Paris, not far from where the 13 November attacks took place.

"Bonsoir Paris. Oui. I am Paris," Bono said.

"Feels, feels like the whole world is in Paris. Tonight we are all Parisians. Ce soir, nous sommes tous Parisiens. Non? If you love liberty, then Paris is your hometown."

Bono told the crowd he still feels the loss of his mother when he was 14. He said music and his bandmates saved him.

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"Now we can't save you, but our prayer tonight is to be useful to you for the evening. And what an honour and a privilege it is to serve you this evening. We are your servants this evening," he said.

Names of the 130 Paris victims were projected on a huge video screen in the arena.

Bono also paid respects to 14 people killed in a mass shooting last week in California.

"We stand together with the families of those killed in Paris. We stand together with the families of those killed in San Bernardino," he said.

Bono wrapped himself in a French tricolour flag for the encore, in which he sang a verse from French singer Jacques Brel's Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me).