The death toll continues to rise in Paris this evening after the City of Lights was hit by a series of attacks on Friday night.
According to French journalist Laura Haim, two suicide bombers detonated explosive devices outside of the Stade de France (the national stadium) during a soccer match between France and Germany. The explosions were so loud you could hear them inside the enclosed arena.
The explosion can he heard during the soccer match: https://t.co/hPhiii6xwB
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) November 13, 2015
Gunmen also reportedly attacked patrons at a restaurant and nightclub in Central Paris, leaving scores dead.
Several others have also been taken hostage.
Source: 100 hostages in theater up to 35-40 dead in Paris attacks: https://t.co/vFtD9gzhgW
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 13, 2015
Fabien Baron, a witness, told Reuters he saw dead victims on the ground outside of a cafe.
“I was on my way to my sister’s when I heard shots being fired,” I know they were dead because they were being wrapped up in plastic bags.”
French President Francois Hollande was at the soccer match during the attacks, and has been whisked away to safety to an emergency meeting.
— Federico Di Leo (@Fe_DiLeo) November 13, 2015
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “shocked by events in Paris.”
I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 13, 2015
President Obama gave a brief statement to the press, calling the assault “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we all share.” The president also said America is “prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance” is necessary to France.
French President Hollande declared a state of emergency across France, and closed the country’s borders.
The situation is developing.