The Best of Paris shines through during its worst of times

On November 13, 2015 mass shootings and suicide bombings took place in the 10th and 11th districts of Paris, as well as in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis. Three separate explosions blasted near the Stade de France where a football match was taking place between Germany and France, while six mass shootings killed dozens of civilians. The deadliest attack was at the Bataclan theatre where attackers took hostages and killed at least 80 concertgoers. Eight attackers were killed in addition to two suicide bombers.

As of November 14, at least 128 people were reported dead. In addition, more than 300 people were injured during the attacks, including 80 people who were listed as being in serious condition. French President François Hollande announced a national state of emergency, and  temporarily closed the borders of France, the first time such a decisions was taken since 1961. This is the worst tragedy to have struck Paris since the Charile Hebdo attacks in January this year.

The city has awakened in a state of dread and fear as police convoys patrol the streets. Many messages of sorrow and solidarity were posted following the attacks, whether on private messaging apps or public forums.

Cellular networks slowed as people tried to confirm the safety of friends and relatives.  Many families were still trying to find out the whereabouts of their loved ones via the hashtag #rechercheparis. Others showed solidarity with victims by posting messages followed by #liberteegalitefraternite:

 

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