Thursday 29 September 2016

Paris Terror Attacks: French president Francois Hollande declares state of emergency and closes borders

Published 13/11/2015 | 23:10

French president Francois Hollande has said he will declare a state of emergency and close borders.

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He said military personnel are being deployed around Paris after the attacks which claimed scores of lives.

"France must be strong in the face of terrorism," he said.

"Terrorist attacks are taking place in Paris. It's a horror, We have mobilised all possible forces."

The President described the attacks as a "horror" this evening.

Mr Hollande made the announcement as the French capital came under seige for the second time this year as authorities grappled with attacks aimed at killing and maiming innocent civilians.

Mr Hollande called an emergency cabinet meeting at midnight (11pm Irish time) after attacks in Paris, officials said.

The Paris municipality asked Parisians in a tweet to stay home.

At least 140 people are feared dead following a number of suspected terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

Some 100 people were killed after they were taken hostage at a city concert hall in a related incident.

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