Saturday 24 June 2017

Paris Terror Attack: Hundreds using #RechercheBataclan to trace missing loved ones after deadly attack

The hashtag #RechercheBataclan is being used to trace those missing after the Paris terror attacks Credit: DylanxOBabe\Twitter
The hashtag #RechercheBataclan is being used to trace those missing after the Paris terror attacks Credit: DylanxOBabe\Twitter

David Kearns

Friends and family who have yet to hear from those caught up in the Paris terror attack are making use of the #RechercheBataclan hashtag on Twitter in the hope of reaching their missing loved ones.

The death toll from Friday’s night attack on the French capital stands at 127, with over 200 injured.

However, the number of missing people is still unknown as it has been difficult for many of those living outside to contact their friends and family living in Paris.

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Hundreds of Twitter users have now taken to using #RechercheBataclan in hopes of reuniting with their missing loved ones.

So far only one person among the 127 killed has been confirmed, a Paris-based lawyer.

The London School of Economics tweeted that Valentin Ribet, who took an LLM in international business law in 2014, had died.

“Our hearts are filled with sadness at this news,” it added.

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One Irish citizen has been injured in the wave of terror that stuck the French capital last night and the Department for Foreign Affairs said there was no indication that anyone else from Ireland had been caught up in the Islamic State attacks.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the UK should brace itself for British casualties.

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A number of other EU leaders have made similar comments.

It is understood that the non-French nationals from UK, Sweden, Belgium and Romania are among those known to have been killed.

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