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Our thoughts must be with Paris. Our hearts must beat with Paris. (Source: rhodesj)

Our thoughts must be with Paris. Our hearts must beat with Paris. (Source: rhodesj)

Shootings, blasts and a hostage siege punctured the Parisian night. President Francois Hollande called the attacks “unprecedented”. The death toll is at least 128. A further 180 people are sounded, at least 80 of those severely.

Six venues were selected and targeted [1], with the attacks undertaken almost simultaneously. Beginning at around 21:20 there was gunfire in the Le Carillon bar. The gunman then went to a restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge across the street, killing at 12 people between these two places.

The attacks began just after 9pm. (Source: BBC)

The attacks began just after 9pm. (Source: BBC)

A man then fired a machine gun in the La Casa Nostra pizzeria. As reported by the BBC: “there were at least five bodies around me and blood everywhere”.

In the Stade de France, the French football team were playing their German counterparts, in an international friendly. President Hollande was in attendance. The blasts could be heard on television. Three suicide bombers had exploded themselves near the stadium.

Bataclan Hall

By 21:50, two men opened fire at the terrace of a cafe, La Belle Equipe in the Rue de Charonne. At 22:00, a hostage siege began at the Bataclan hall, where the Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal were playing. Four attackers unleashed Kalashnikov assault rifles into the crowd. At least 82 people died in this assault. According to the BBC, one of the gunman shouted ‘God is great’ in Arabic, whilst another blamed President Hollande for French intervention in Syria. These were the first indications of the nominal cause and nature of these attacks.

Terrorism works by warping public policy to the political objectives of its agents. Blood soaks an rock concert. An international football friendly becomes a fulmination of fear. A country becomes cannibalised in panic.

Barack Obama, President of the United States, said this was “an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians”. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the attacks as “horrifying and sickening”, and pledged to do “whatever we can to help”. President Hollande said it was an “act of war”, organised by Islamic State [2]. A state of emergency has been declared.

We must stand with Paris in the face of this atrocity.

Nous n’avons pas peur.

Vive la République.

Vive la France.

References

[1] BBC, 2015. Paris attacks: what we know. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34818994 [Accessed: 14th November 2015]

[2] BBC, 2015. Paris attacks: Hollande blames Islamic State for ‘act of war’. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34820016 [Accessed: 14th November 2015]

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