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Paris Terror Attacks: French police hunt 'one man involved' in Bataclan theatre massacre

A French police officer patrols at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Thousands of French troops deployed around Paris on Sunday and tourist sites stood shuttered in one of the most visited cities on Earth while investigators questioned the relatives of a suspected suicide bomber involved in the country's deadliest violence since World War II. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A French police officer patrols at the Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Thousands of French troops deployed around Paris on Sunday and tourist sites stood shuttered in one of the most visited cities on Earth while investigators questioned the relatives of a suspected suicide bomber involved in the country's deadliest violence since World War II. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

David Kearns

French police are hunting a man allegedly involved in Friday night’s terrorist attacks, according to reports.

Investigators are said to be actively looking for an eighth person spotted during the attacks in Paris, understood to be the same person who rented a grey Golf car in Belgium.

"The authorities had initially said there were eight attackers, but on Saturday night said that only seven attackers had died — six by blowing themselves up and one in a shootout with police," reports the French channel BFM TV.

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According to the station, police are hunting for a French man who was "not among the seven dead attackers or the men arrested so far in Belgium” but was seen outside the Bataclan theatre - where at least 89 people were killed out of the 129 confirmed.

Belgian police guard a street in Brussels on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, where arrests were made linked to the attacks in Paris. Belgium's federal prosecutor's office spokesman Jean-Pascal Thoreau says the arrests came after a car with Belgian license plates was seen close to the Bataclan theater in Paris on Friday night, one of the places where victims were killed. (AP Photo) BELGIUM OUT
Belgian police guard a street in Brussels on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, where arrests were made linked to the attacks in Paris. Belgium's federal prosecutor's office spokesman Jean-Pascal Thoreau says the arrests came after a car with Belgian license plates was seen close to the Bataclan theater in Paris on Friday night, one of the places where victims were killed. (AP Photo) BELGIUM OUT

The unidentified eighth assailant is believed to have been the driver of a Volkswagen Polo used by the gunmen to arrive at the concert hall, reports the station.

“It’s not known whether he took part in the attacks or was an accomplice, but what is clear that his name does not figure among those who have been arrested so far."

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It continued, saying that one of the seven arrested in Belgium following raids on Saturday is his brother.

Authorities said three teams of attackers were involved and seven suicide bombers blew themselves up - three near the stadium, three at the concert hall and one not far from it.

An abandoned black Seat that was used as a getaway car for those gunmen who targeted several restaurants in central Paris was found in Montreuil, a suburb in the French capital.

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Undated family handout photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of Briton, Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France
Undated family handout photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of Briton, Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France

In the car, authorities reportedly found several Kalashnikov rifles, which were the same guns used in Friday's attacks.

It is one of two vehicles known to have been used in the attacks, police said.

In Belgium, seven people have been detained in connection with the attacks in Paris.

Elsewhere, a French government official told Bloomberg News that Islamic State — who has taken credit for the attacks — said they had sent eight people to Paris.

In its statement claiming responsibility, Islamic State called Paris "the capital of prostitution and obscenity" and mocked France's air attacks on suspected IS targets in Syria and Iraq.

President Francois Hollande has said that France, which is already bombing IS targets in Syria and Iraq in a US-led coalition, would increase its military efforts to crush IS and be "merciless" against the extremists.

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