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Paris Terror Attacks: What we now know about Paris attacks

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Published 14/11/2015 | 18:58

A woman cries in front of the Monument of Gratitude to France after she lighted a candle for the victims of the attacks in Paris, in Belgrade, Serbia, November 14, 2015.
A woman cries in front of the Monument of Gratitude to France after she lighted a candle for the victims of the attacks in Paris, in Belgrade, Serbia, November 14, 2015.

Here is an overview of what we know so far about yesterday's attacks in Paris.

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:: The death toll after the Paris attacks is at least 129, with 352 injured, a prosecutor said.

People stand in front of a memorial as they honor victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
People stand in front of a memorial as they honor victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

:: A Briton has been confirmed dead following the attack, and officials fear that a "handful" of people from the UK may also have lost their lives. A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed the death of a British national and said next of kin had been informed.

:: A "number of" arrests have been made in Brussels, Belgium's justice minister said.

A man lights a candle during a ceremony honoring victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
A man lights a candle during a ceremony honoring victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

:: A former London School of Economics (LSE) student was named by the university as a victim. Valentin Ribet, a business law graduate, was confirmed as one of the 80 people feared dead after gunmen opened fire into the crowd at the concert hall in Paris.

:: The girlfriend of a missing British man feared to be caught up in the Bataclan attack said she has not heard from him since Friday evening. Polina Buckley said Nick Alexander worked in merchandise for Eagles of Death Metal, the band who were due to play at the Bataclan concert hall, and was at the venue when gunmen opened fire.

:: Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

:: As many as 18 people died when the terrace of La Belle Equipe was sprayed with gunfire, while around 14 people were killed at Le Carillon bar-cafe. There were also shootings at the nearby Cambodian restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and the La Casa Nostra pizzeria.

Camille Marchais pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15
Camille Marchais pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15

:: A man from France has been detained by police after a suspected firearm was discovered at Gatwick Airport. Massive disruption has been caused at the North Terminal following the security alert at 9.30am when Sussex Police were alerted to the man's "suspicious actions". Passengers were evacuated from the North Terminal in the rain and taken to nearby hotels. A Gatwick Airport spokesman said that the terminal had been re-opened and that passengers should check with their airlines for information about their journey.

:: Security has been stepped up in Paris in the wake of the attacks, with Britons there advised by the Foreign Office to "exercise caution in public places". The country's borders remain open but with added security checks, with flights, ferries and trains running as normal.

:: The Eiffel Tower has been closed following the attack, along with public facilities including schools. All public demonstrations are banned in the Paris region until Thursday. Disneyland Paris was closed on Saturday.

:: The Greek government has announced that the holder of a Syrian passport found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks had passed through Greece as a refugee.

:: One of the suicide bombers has been identified as a young Frenchman flagged in the past for links with an Islamic extremist activity.

:: The 28 EU leaders condemned the massacre in a joint statement, part of which read: "France is a great and strong nation. Its values of liberty, equality and fraternity inspired and inspire the European Union. Today we stand united with the French people and the government of France. This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten, and sow hatred." Countries across the EU will fall silent at noon on Monday November 16 to commemorate the victims of the Paris terror atrocities.

A woman holds a candle during a ceremony honoring victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
A woman holds a candle during a ceremony honoring victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

:: Tower Bridge will be illuminated with the colours of the French tricolor as a show of solidarity with London's sister European capital.

:: Vigils are being held in Trafalgar Square as people in London come together to mourn those killed and injured in the attacks.

:: A campaign group with close links to Jeremy Corbyn has come under attack from Labour MPs after suggesting Paris was "reaping the whirlwind" for Western foreign policy in the Middle East.

:: All band members of Eagles of Death Metal, who were due to play the Bataclan on Friday night, have been confirmed safe and accounted for by a US official.

:: The Foo Fighters, who were due to play in the French capital on Monday night, Lyon on Tuesday night and Barcelona on Thursday night have cancelled the rest of their tour following the attacks. Irish rockers U2 have also cancelled their Paris shows, while alternative metal group Deftones were set to play a three-night run at the terror-hit Bataclan concert venue where 80 people were feared dead.

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