A series of attacks in Paris dealt France its deadliest blow in decades, prompting its president to declare a state of emergency and close its borders.
French officials say more than 150 people were killed in a series of coordinated shootings and bombings across the French capital on Friday night. At least 100 people were killed in one attack on the Paris Bataclan concert hall, where gunmen were holding an unknown number of hostages. French police stormed the hall, killing the four Bataclan attackers, authorities said.
French President Francois Hollande put the country under a state of emergency, closing its borders and mobilizing at least 1,500 troops across the country. “As I speak,” he told his nation in a televised address, “terrorist attacks of an unprecedented scale are taking place in the Paris region.” It was one of the deadliest attacks in a Western nation since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror strikes on the US.
Shortly after the police raid on the Bataclan concert hall, Hollande traveled to the site and said France will fight the attackers “without mercy.”
“We will lead the fight,” he said. “It will be ruthless.”
By early Saturday, police announced that all the Bataclan attackers had been killed.
There were at least five attacks across the city. Here is a map of the locations of the attacks: