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Paris Terrorist Attack Is Met With Defiant Solidarity As People Offer Shelter And Queue To Give Blood

14/11/2015 14:54 GMT | Updated 14/11/2015 18:59 GMT

Parisians have stood together to defy terrorists after the city suffered its worst violence since the Second World War and the deadliest attack in Europe for more than a decade.

In the aftermath of the six co-ordinated shooting and bombing attacks in the city that killed at least 127, people have been offering tourists stuck in the city shelter and queueing to donate blood to help some 200 people injured in the attack.

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

  • At least 127 dead, and fears death toll could be around 140
  • At least five locations targeted in suicide bombings and shootings
  • Around 80 slain at Bataclan concert theatre after hostage situation
  • Restaurants, football stadium attacked in night of horror
  • Police leave cancelled and around 1,500 soldiers mobilised
  • French border controls increased, state of emergency declared
  • Eight extremists killed, all attackers thought to be dead
  • Manhunt under way for accomplices
  • David Cameron to chair meeting of Government Cobra committee

Flowers are being placed at the scenes of the attacks, including the Batalcan theatre, where around 80 people were killed following a hostage situation at a concert there.

People also embraced at the scenes of some of the attacks, as the whole city seemed to step forward to offer support.

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People hug at the Place de la Republique square

Near the Bataclan, people who lost loved ones and those who didn't came to pay their respects. The attackers stormed the theatre during a concert by American band Eagles of Death Metal.

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World Shows Solidarity In Wake Of Paris Attacks - Tribute In Light


World Shows Solidarity In Wake Of Paris Attacks - Tribute In Light

"For the angels of rock 'n' roll," read one note.

"For all the friends that I knew, and those I didn't know. For life," read another.

People have been using the hashtag #PorteOuverte - "open door" to offer shelter to those in need, including tourists.

Long lines of blood donors snaked out of the St. Louis Hospital near the site of the bloodshed.

The queue at one hospital reached 100 within an hour of blood donor centre opening and the websites of two donor organisations crashed due to the number of people trying to access it.

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People queue to donate blood at a bloodbank in Paris

Donor Aurélie Moine told The Independent: "These places where the attacks happened are the kind of places I go to and I wanted to help in any way I could."

On Friday night, football fans sang the French national anthem in a poignant display of solidarity, as the Stade de France stadium was evacuated after suicide bombers attacked, killing three.

Francois Hollande, who was evacuated from the ground after the attack, has declared a state of emergency and called up French troops to boost security. He also declared three days of national mourning.

Across the world, people tweeted #PrayForPeace in solidarity with the French capital.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility, saying eight of its fighters carried out the attack and were all killed.

Hollande called it "an act of war" and David Cameron warned "we must be prepared for a number of British casualties" from the atrocity as he condemned the "brutal and callous murderers".

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