Paris under attack

On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of mass shootings and suicide bombings occurred in Paris and Saint-Denis, France. Beginning at 21:16 CET,  three separate explosions and six mass shootings occurred, including bombings near the Stade de France in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis.  The deadliest attack was at the Bataclan theatre where attackers took hostages and engaged in a standoff with police until it was ended at 00:58 CET 14 November 2015. Eight attackers were killed and authorities are searching for any accomplices that remain at large.  It is reported that at least 128 people were killed, 87 of them at the Bataclan theatre.   In addition, more than 200 people were injured during the attacks, including 99 people described as being in a serious condition.
In response, French President François Hollande announced a national state of emergency, and subsequently placed temporary controls on the borders of France in a televised statement at 23:58 CET. Hollande declared on 14 November that the attacks were organised from abroad “by the Islamic State with internal help.”  The attacks were the deadliest to occur in France since World War II,  and led to the implementation of the first nationwide state of emergency since 1961 and the Algerian War. Prior to the attack, France had been on high alert since the January 2015 attacks in Paris that killed seventeen people. On 14 November, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attacks.  President Hollande described them as “an act of war”.Gunmen and bombers attack restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium in the French capital.


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