Friday, 13 November 2015

Paris Under Terrorist Attack

President Obama has spoken, condemning the attacks in Paris, calling them an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
He said this is “not just an attack on the people of france, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
He said the US stands prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance France needs to respond, but did not want to speculate on who may be behind the attacks.
“France is our oldest ally” and has stood shoulder to shoulder with us time and again.”
“Those who think they can terrorize France or their values are wrong,” he said.
“Liberté, égalité and fraternité are values that we share, and they are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism.”
“We don’t yet know all details of what has happened we have been in contact with French government.”
“We know what it’s like, we’ve gone through situations like this. Whenever these kinds of attacks happen, we’ve always been able to rely on France.”

State of emergency in France

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My colleague Jessica Reed reports:
Parisians who live in the neighbourhoods that were under attack tonight have to make their way home. A few are staying put in front of the Bataclan, where they’re held about 400 metres away by police, while others are now leaving.
A hashtag, #portouverte (Open Door), is being used by Parisians who are offering their hospitality for those who might not be able to take the subway or do not want to.
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Death toll rises

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