Venice to build new bridge in memory of Bataclan victim

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28-year-old student Valeria Solesin was the only Italian victim of the Paris terrorist attacks. Photo: Pierre Teyssot / AFP
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Venice, the so-called 'city of bridges', is set to build one more, in honour of the only Italian victim of last November's Paris terrorist attacks.

The bridge will be named after Valeria Solesin, the 28-year-old Venetian student shot dead at the Bataclan nightclub on November 13th, while on a night out with friends.

“The Valeria Solesin bridge is part of a wider project, which is trying to improve access to the San Giobbe campus of the city's Cà Foscari University,” explained the city's assessor for public works, Francesca Zaccariotto.

“It will allow people to easily reach the university's economics campus from Santa Lucia station,” Zaccariotto added.

A CGI rendering of the Valeria Solesin bridge. Photo: Venice City Council

The bridge's academic connection is fitting, as Solesin was four years into completing a research PhD at the University of Paris 1 when she was killed.

The 30-metre long, 3.5 metre-wide bridge will replace an existing structure and cost €800,000 to build.

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The council said the works would get underway in the coming weeks and the bridge would open in February 2017.

There are some 400 bridges in Venice, which help link the 117 islands that make up the city. 

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