France has declared a national state of emergency after attacks across the nation’s capital left at least 120 people dead.
Gunmen and bombers cut people down by the dozen in coordinated attacks throughout Paris, including a suicide bombing at the Stade De France stadium where President Francois Hollande was attending a soccer match.
As many as 100 people may have died at the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris where a US band Eagles of Death Metal was performing.
Police said three suspected jihadists were killed when security forces stormed the building to free hostages.
A police official said there was “carnage” inside the building, where gunmen randomly shot people down then, as security forces stormed the venue, reportedly detonated belts laden with explosives.
Three people have been reported dead after two explosions were heard outside the Stade De France stadium in the north of the capital, where France and Germany were meeting. President Hollande was evacuated from the stadium before spectators began flooding the pitch to be evacuated through the three main stadium doors as news broke of the attacks across the city.
A gunman attacked diners at the Petit Cambodge restaurant, not far from the Bataclan venue in north-eastern Paris. “At least three shootings took place, possibly four in the Bataclan area and rue Charonne,” in eastern Paris, a police spokesman said.
Mr Hollande declared a national state of emergency and closed off the country’s borders before visiting the concert hall after security forces had secured the venue. He told reporters “terrorists capable of carrying out such atrocities must know that they will face a France that is determined and united”.
President Barack Obama assured France that America would provide whatever aid France needed.
“France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the US time and again,” he said. “Now we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”
Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said Australia had offered “all assistance” to France. “We stand in solidarity with the French people in condemning these horrific and devastating attacks.”
There were no reports of any Australians being killed or injured in the attacks.
A French expatriate resident in Sydney, Philippe Krait, told The Newsroom that the attacks had left him fearful of the possibility close friends may have been caught in the incident.
“I was concerned about my family, very concerned actually… I’ve got lots of musician friends and I wonder if some of them would have been there [Bataclan concert hall],” he said. – Josh Chahal