It is extremely hard to write when tears are streaming down your face. I am of French heritage myself, and I was preparing a comment for another site, however, needed to vent among friends.
- More than 150 people are feared to have been killed in a series of devastating attacks across Paris on Friday evening.
- All the attackers are believed to have died, police say, although authorities continue to search for accomplices who might still be at large.
- Shootings and explosions were reported in six locations across the city, including the Stade de France in northern Paris, where two suicide attacks and a bombing took place as the national team played Germany in a friendly football match.
- As many as 120 people died after a mass shooting inside the Bataclan concert venue, where three attackers also died after detonating suicide belts.
- Shootings also took place in restaurants and other sites in the centre of the city. Precise figures for the dead and injured are not known.
- President François Hollande, who was at the Stade de France at the time of the assaults, said:
We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.
- A state of emergency has been declared across France and the country's borders have been closed.
- Paris residents have been told to stay in their homes.