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.
Journalist Thibau Lefevre just told radio station France Inter that a policeman talking in his walkie talkie said they were looking for suspects near Parmentier and République.
Both of these areas are between the sites of the two attacks in the city – the former to the west and the latter to the east. That whole part of the city is popular with people out on nights out. Another witness, who was at the Batalclan with his mother, is currently in tears live on the radio station. He says he heard the assailants were screaming “Allahu Akbar” while shooting inside the crowd.
Reuters reports that US security officials believe the attacks were probably coordinated, based on initial reports. It cited an anonymous source familiar with developing intelligence assessments. “This clearly looks like a coordinated series of attacks,” the person said.
The death toll is rising, although reports differ.
According to the Associated Press, a police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and about 35 were killed at the Bataclan theatre, where a hostage-taking is under way. Police said 100 hostages were being held.
Citing French police, AFP reports that three people were also killed in an explosion outside the Stade de France.
The Guardian has been unable to verify any of these accounts independently.