State of emergency declared as France closes all borders following multiple attacks

Paris attacks: State of emergency declared as France closes all borders
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The French president François Hollande declared a state of emergency in the whole of the country this evening and the closure of all of France’s borders following six coordinated attacks which killed at least 100 people.

Military personnel were deployed at the scene and authorities urged all people to stay indoors.

At least three gunmen took more than 100 people hostage at the Bataclan concert hall where a music concert was being held, before police stormed the hall killing all three attackers.

Reports suggest the attackers were randomly shooting at people and up to 100 innocent people were killed.

Police are seen outside a restaurant in 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris, on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed as multiple shootings and explosions hit Paris, police said. Police also said there was an ongoing hostage crisis in the Bataclan a concert hall in the French capital. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images

Three separate explosions were reported outside a bar near the Stade de France, where France were hosting an international game with Germany.

Francois Hollande was evacuated from the stadium following the explosions.

Spectators wait on the pitch of the Stade de France stadium following the friendly football match between France and Germany in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. At least 18 people were killed, with at least 15 people had been killed at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, only around 200 metres from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo which were attacked by jihadists in January. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

There were reports of more attacks at high profile sites, including the Louvre art gallery and the Les Halles shopping centre.

David Cameron has said he was ‘shocked’ by the unfolding attacks in Paris and said the UK will do ‘whatever we can to help’.

The Prime Minister added that his ‘thoughts and prayers’ were with the French people as reports of the shootings came through.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Police officers and rescue workers stand at the Petit Cambodge restaurant after a shooting in Paris on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed in multiple shooting attacks and blasts in Paris Friday, including one near the Stade de France stadium and another in the Bataclan concert venue, police told AFP. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE MONFORTPIERRE MONFORT/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama has also condemned the attacks in Paris, and said this is an ‘outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.’

He added the US are prepared to provide whatever assistance France needs to respond.

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13 November 2015 | 11:30 pm – Source:


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