Dozens Dead After Paris Terrorist Attack, France Under State of Emergency
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UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2015
By Janeen Christoff
Multiple terror attacks have rocked Paris tonight. The New York Times reports that there are currently 127 confirmed dead at the time of this update. Multiple sources are saying that more than 100 of the dead were killed by attackers in the Bataclan concert hall. Both Fox News and Guardian.com are reporting that French police have said, all attackers are confirmed dead.
There were several other sites where attacks took place. BBC.com has confirmed the following locations:
-- Le Carillon, 18 rue Alibert, 10th district - gun attack
-- Le Petit Cambodge, 20 rue Alibert, 10th district - gun attack
-- La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district - gun attack
-- Near Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris - reported suicide attack near venue as France v Germany football match played
In an unprecedented response, French president Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency throughout the country and closed all borders. The city has basically shut down, including schools, museums, libraries, gyms, swimming pools and markets, and will remain so throughout Saturday. The streets of Paris are empty and residents are under curfew.
It is reported that Charles de Gaulle airport is still open and operating although American Airlines canceled a flight from Dallas to Paris earlier this evening, according to Mashable.com. However, all remaining Paris flights are still operating.
President Hollande promised there would be a “remorseless response” to the attack as he headed to the Bataclan concert hall.
The number of casualties continues to increase as the reports of several shootings and explosions in the Paris area Friday night continue to pour in, according to Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman.
In a report from CNN.com, Paris police are reporting there were at least three attacks across the city, and those responsible used AK-47 automatic weapons. The authorities also reported at least one explosion at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
As of publishing, at least 43 people were reported killed, according to CNN.
President Francois Hollande was at the Stade de France during the time of an explosion, and he was evacuated at halftime of the France-Germany soccer match. Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve then held a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry to address the attacks.
In addition to the shootings, reports suggest there is also a hostage situation at Bataclan theatre and that around 100 people were being held. The Associated Press is reporting that at least 35 people were killed at the Bataclan theatre and another 11 were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement.
Reuters is reporting that security officials in the United States believe the attacks were probably coordinated, based on reports. President Barack Obama commented on the situation Friday night by saying that it was “not just an attack on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
In response to the terrorist attacks, the French president has closed the borders and declared a nationwide state of emergency.
*Updates will be provided as the news continues to break.
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