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Paris attacks: France extends SOE; Bataclan band returns to complete concert -

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ELEANOR HALL: The French parliament has voted to extend the state of emergency that it implemented after last November's terrorist attacks.

The Interior Minister has told MPs that the threat from terrorism "has never been higher".

The vote has come as the US musicians who were on stage at the time of the Bataclan theatre attack returned to Paris, as Barney Porter reports.

BARNEY PORTER: The lead singer of the Eagles of Death Metal, Jesse Hughes, walked on to the stage of the Olympia theatre and blew a kiss to the audience.

(Sounds from Eagles of Death Metal gig)

JESSE HUGHES: We are having a good time tonight.

(Crowd cheering)

The assault on the Bataclan theatre was the bloodiest in a string of attacks in Paris that night which left 130 people dead and 350 injured, many of them seriously.

Ninety rock fans died in the Bataclan, which remains closed.

Just days ago Jesse Hughes revealed he couldn't control the recurring visions he had of the attack.

JESSE HUGHES: I haven't had any nightmares and I've slept fine but when I'm awake is when I see things that are nightmares you know. And I thought that talking about it would make it easier and I thought that expelling it from inside of me would make me less like this but it's not.

There's really no frame of reference for this at all. I just wish it would go away.

BARNEY PORTER: But the fans are backing the band and one of the survivors who came back to hear them was Alexis.

Before the gig, he admitted he was nervous.

ALEXIS (translated): I don't know how I will react. I haven't listened to the group since the day of the attack. I was very anxious and I took a last-minute decision to come.

I must admit I started to get excited on the train coming here. My adrenaline was pumping - I wanted to be here. But I certainly didn't in the three months leading up to this.

BARNEY PORTER: He's also described how the attack had affected him.

ALEXIS (translated): After Bataclan, I wasn't able to listen to music at all. Eventually I listened to stuff which wasn't rock or death metal. I started by listening to classical music and electro - I just needed to get out of it.

BARNEY PORTER: Psychologists were on hand, mingling with the audience members in case flashbacks to the attacks caused some to panic.

But their fears were somewhat allayed by the extensive security preparations.

Police lined the streets outside and fans had to be scanned, receive a body pat down, and have their bags searched before they were allowed in.

Concert-goer and survivor, Florian Novac.

FLORIAN NOVAC (translated): After the attack on the concert hall, I felt that apprehension straight away, just being back in the cinema. I felt the anxiety, and now, no, I'm not afraid. I am confident. I saw all that security - there is nothing to worry about.

BARNEY PORTER: Also overnight, the French parliament voted overwhelmingly to extend the state of emergency by three months, as the government warned the threat of another attack remained high.

The measure allows the Interior Minister to place any person whose behaviour is considered "a threat to security and public order" under house arrest. He can also order searches of homes at any hour, without involving the courts.

The Interior Minister is Bernard Cazeneuve,

BERNARD CAZENEUVE (translated): I ask Parliament to vote for the extension of the state of emergency, because the threat of terrorism remains. The danger is not in the measures that we are proposing to confront it, the danger is not in the measures of the state of emergency itself, it is in the barbarity of those who attack our values and who, like on November the 13th, target our children.

BARNEY PORTER: Since November, almost 3,500 searches have been conducted, 578 weapons seized, more than 340 people have been taken into custody, and 285 house arrests are currently being enforced.

But back at the Olympia theatre, Jesse Hughes wanted his fans to focus on fun.

(Sounds from Eagles of Death Metal gig)

JESSE HUGHES: Do we love rock n roll (inaudible)?

(Crowd cheering)

JESSE HUGHES: Do we love having a good time tonight, can I get an Amen?

(Crowd cheering)

JESSE HUGHES: There ain't nobody never going to stop us, can I get an Amen?

(Crowd cheering)

ELEANOR HALL: Barney Porter there.