Shootings, bomb blasts and a hostage siege have left at least 128 people dead and some 180 wounded. At least 80 are in critical condition.
Six places were targeted, almost simultaneously. France has declared a state of emergency, imposed border controls and deployed 1,500 extra troops. This is what we know so far.
How many attacks were there?
Early reports say there have been as many as six attacks around the city, but three major attacks have emerged as the most deadly:
The deadliest attack of the night came at a well-known concert venue in Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th district, where Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal was playing. The 1,500-seat Bataclan hall was sold out.
Witnesses said four attackers stormed inside from the back, and fired several bursts at the crowd, with Kalashnikov kind of automatic rifle. Later, French media reported that at least 82 people had died there.
On the northern fringe of Paris, France were playing Germany at the Stade de France stadium. President Hollande was there.
About half an hour after kick-off, the first of three explosions was heard. They were audible within the stadium – after the second one the president was immediately rushed to safety.
It was later established that three suicide bombers had blown themselves up at two fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium. It is the first time France has experienced such bombings, French media say.
“There were at least five bodies around me and blood everywhere,” a man in his 30s told French media at the La Casa Nostra pizzeria.
Eventually the total death rate has gone up to 130 till now.
Estimates of the total number of dead vary, but as of early Saturday local time authorities said they expect the total death toll to be about 120, of which at least 100 were killed during the hostage situation inside the Bataclan theater. Around 200 others were injured in the attacks, authorities said, including 80 in serious condition.
A total of eight attackers were confirmed dead, seven of them through suicide bombings, Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre told the Associated Press early Saturday. However, authorities are reportedly still searching for accomplices that may be at large.
How did France react?
Hollande, the French president declared a state of emergency and announced he would reinstate “systematic border checks”.
“We will lead the fight,” he said. “It will be merciless. When terrorists are capable of such atrocities, they must be certain that they will face a France united and determined.” Paris is on lockdown, which means that public facilities like schools, museums, libraries, gyms and markets will be closed on Saturday
Paris is on lockdown, which means that public facilities like schools, museums, libraries, gyms and markets will be closed on Saturday. Flights and trains, however, are running as scheduled and there has been no major change at any of the French border points.
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