Dozens are reported dead in a series of attacks across Paris tonight.
There have been multiple shootings, an explosion, and at least two suicide attacks near a stadium, a French police official told the Associated Press. The AP reports that at least 35 to 40 are dead. Other reports have put the death toll even higher. Hostages are reportedly being held at a popular concert hall in the capital city.
It is the worst violence seen in France in decades, according to multiple reports.
French President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency and closed the country's borders. In a brief televised statement, the president said it is "a terrible terrible event that is upon us."There is something to be scared about, but in the face of terror we have to be united and we will vanquish these terrorists"France needs to be strong and the state needs to be strong. We will be. We also must call for everyone to be responsible," he said, according to a translation provided by France24. "What the terrorists want is for us to be scared. There is something to be scared about, but in the face of terror we have to be united and we will vanquish these terrorists."
Hollande said officials continue to deal with "very difficult" operations. He urged the country's citizens to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts.
"We must in these harsh moments think about the victims, who are very numerous, for their families, for the wounded," he said. "We have to be compassionate. We have to be united and keep a cold head. "
Police issued a tweet urging people at home to "avoid leaving except for any case of absolute necessity."
"To public establishments with public inside, please make use of entryways and lobbies and any available space to protect/take in those in need to avoid interrupting the protests and events occurring outside," police said.
As many as seven separate incidents were reported across the city, according to French newspaper Le Monde. Locations included a restaurant where the AP reports at least 11 people were killed. Another shooting with multiple fatalities was reported at the Bataclan arts centre, where hostages have been taken, according to the AP.
An explosion was also reported at a bar near the Stade de France stadium during a soccer match between France and Germany, according to the AP. An official later said there were two suicide attacks and at least one bombing near that site.
In a statement on the attacks, President Barack Obama pledged to "do whatever it takes to work with the French people and nations around the world, to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people."This is crazy. An explosion heard while the game was going on. Thoughts and prayers with the people of Paris.— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) November 13, 2015
“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the values we share,” Obama said. "We stand together with them in the fight against terror and extremism."
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