Brussels Mayor: No such thing as 'normal' anymore

AP , Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

Mayor of Brussels
Mayor of Brussels Yvan Mayeur joins people as they gather to observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Brussels airport and metro bombings, on the Place de la Bourse in central Brussels, on March 23, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

The mayor of Brussels, holding special meetings in Paris after deadly attacks on his city, says the European Union's capital can never go back to "normal" again.

Yvan Mayeur met with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in the French capital's neo-Renaissance city hall Tuesday for discussions on how Paris reacted to the November attacks.

Mayeur is meeting Parisian first responders and holding a minute of silence for victims of last week's attack on Brussels' airport and subway system, and for victims of a weekend attack in Lahore, Pakistan.

Asked whether life in Brussels was returning to normal, Mayeur said: "There's no such thing as 'normal' anymore. That's a concept we have to revisit."

Hidalgo pledged solidarity with Belgium as it begins "a long and painful process of grieving and reconstruction."

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