Among the more than 125 casualties of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, November 13, is 31 year-old lighting designer Nathalie Jardin. She was one of the 89 people killed at the Bataclan, a performance venue in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. She had been the lighting designer for the Bataclan since November 2011, and was lighting the American band, Eagles of Death Metal, the night of the attack. She was originally from Marcq-en-Baroeul, a town in Northern France.
Since March 2014, she was also the lighting designer for Les Fatals Picards (which translates loosely as ‘the fatal men from Picardy’), a French punk-rock band best known for representing France in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Love, French Style," after winning the national selection in France.
These quotes are from a tribute to the lighting designer written by the band for the French publication, L’Observateur de Beauvais:
“Last Friday, at the Bataclan, among the victims of the outburst of hate and violence, was Nathalie Jardin, our lighting designer...she had joined the Fatals Picards family on March 14, 2014, and ever since that day, she always gave us her very best. We have lost a buddy, a friend, a little sister, an adorable person whose professional conscience, integrity, joie de vivre, sweetness, strong character, and sensibility we will greatly miss.
We also remember Nathalie for—and the list is far from complete—her passion for life, her love of music, her new interest in surfing and the sea, her “Grenoble,” her “Dave Grohl,” her talent for making punch before a concert, her capacity to eat an entire bowl of fruit salad, her murmur of disapproval when we decided to change the set list at the last minute...
The enormous pain we feel is in keeping with the love we have for her.
Nathalie, we miss you.
We send our thoughts and most sincere condolences to your family, and your friends, as well as everyone who knew you one way or another. Our thoughts also go to the family and friends of all the other victims of such barbaric acts, no matter where, no matter when.”
Also among the victims at the Bataclan was 36 year-old Nick Alexander, who sold Eagles of Death Metal merchandise during the group's European tour, as reported by Rolling Stone.