france 4 france police france3One young man who gave his name as Hervé spoke to The Telegraph in the street near the Bataclan rock venue said he had escaped through an emergency exit.

“Three men with Kalashnikovs and wearing flak jackets burst in in the middle of the concert. There were probably around 1,000 people there. They just started spraying bullets. I saw a girl hit right in front of me. There must have been quite a few dead.”

He said the men were not wearing masks and that they were in their 20s or 30s.

Curfew in place

The Telegraph’s Rory Mulholland reports from central Paris:

QuoteThe rue du faubourg St Denis, a hugely popluar area for trendy young Parisians like the areas aroound Le Carillon café where the attacks took place, saw its bars quickly shut down after the curfew was announced.

The central Les Halles district, which is usually heaving with revellers on a Friday night, was eerily quiet at midnight.

Its bars and cafés were nearly all closed up and the streets were rapidly emptying as frightened people headed home.

Obama full statement

QuoteWe’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians, this is an attack not just on Paris, it is an attack not just on the people of France, but it is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.

We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally, and the French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think they can terrorise the people of France or the values they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberte, egalite, fraternite are not only values that the French people care so deeply about but they are values that we share. Those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful thinking of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.”

We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.

This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously we in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes and whenever these kinds of attacks happens we’ve always been able to count on the french people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counter-terrorism partner and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion.

‘We are on the ground alongside dead bodies’

The Telegraph’s Rory Mulholland reports:

QuoteA friend’s daughter, Annette, got a text message a few minutes ago from one of her friends who is still in Le Carillon café, one of the places hit. “We all ran inside when the shooting started and dived for the ground. At this moment we have been told by police to remain on the ground. There are several bodies alongside us.”

The café is usually packed on a Friday night, with dozens of people standing outside drinking or sitting on the terrace.

The Petit Cambodge is opposite the Carillon and is also always packed on a weekend night.

 

Paris in lockdown

Paris is going into lockdown. Police have told bars to shut as hunt goes on for killers and curfew is announced. Parisians told to stay at home.

State of Emergency

President Hollande announced on TV and radio that a state of emergency would be declared. “France must be strong in the face of terrorism,” he said. “Terrorist attacks are taking place in Paris. It’s a horror, We have mobilised all possible forces.”A Cabinet meeting will take place shortly. The army has been mobilised.

A cabinet meeting will take place shortly. The army has been mobilised.

A police source said gun attacks had taken place at six different locations in Paris, as well as the grenade attack at the Stade de France (stadium). French media reported as many as 40 dead, with 60 “extremely urgent” casualties rushed to hospitals. At least one ongoing hostage situation, possibly several, police said.

Jean-Pierre, at a restaurant in the 10th arrondissement near the one that was attacked, told the Telegraph by phone that he and others were staying at the restaurant for the time being until the situation became clear.

“The gunmen were first turned away from the restaurant, and then came back and started shooting. There were quite a lot of Americans there. It was horrible. We went out and saw all the dead people lying there, so we came back here.”

Elizabeth, near the Bataclan, said she could see police and emergency services gathering outside. Gunmen fired several shots outside the venue around 10 pm. “It’s confusion here. We’re told there are hostages inside but we don’t know what’s happening.”

The mayor’s office told Parisians to stay at home and remain calm.

Hundreds of people spilled onto the field of the Stade de France stadium

A stadium announcer made an announcement over the loudspeaker after the match, telling fans to avoid certain exits “due to events outside,” without elaborating.

At first that prompted some panic, but then the crowds just walked dazed, hugging each other and looking at their phones for the latest news of the violence.

Many appeared hesitant to leave amid the uncertainty after France’s deadliest attacks in decades.

60 dead

More than 60 dead, according to BFMTV. “Hundreds” held hostage in the Bataclan night club. Security forces fear that there are “several hostage takings underway” in Paris.

France is on “multiple terror attack” mode.

Francois Fillon, France’s former prime minister, tweets: “War is upon us”

Hollande movements

Francois Hollande was at the France-Germany football match when the attacks began.

He was evacuated at 22.15 local time and taken to Place Beauvau, the interior ministry, where he is currently holding a crisis meeting with his ministers and Manuel Valls, the prime minister.

‘It’s for Syria’

Henry Samuel reports:

According to BFMTV, one of the gunmen shouted: “It’s for Syria” at Bataclan and Allahu Akbar.

There has been no official comment on motive.

Violent explosions

Filou, who owns a restaurant next door to the site of the shooting in the 10th arrondissement, said he did not see the attack but he heard it:

QuoteIt was very violent. We heard explosions for about 30 seconds. I thought it was firecrackers.

Then there was silence. Then people running.

We were in the middle of our Friday night service, and our terrace was full, so we brought everyone inside and waited until the police came along and said it was OK.

We’re all still inside, serving drinks. We’re OK.

‘Gunmen shouted Allahu Akbar’

Louis, inside the Bataclan, told France Info radio the men opened fire and shouted “Allahu Akbar”.

He only saw silhouettes. He said:

QuoteThe men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell.

I took my mum, and we hid. Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out. I was only thinking of escaping.

We’re out now. I think people are still inside.

It’s a nightmare – a nightmare.

telegraph.co.uk

 

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