How does one begin writing about an event so horrific? Friday, November 13th, in the worst terror attack Europe has seen since the 2004 train bombings in Madrid, 128 innocent lives were taken in Paris. According to the most recent reports, attacks occurred in six locations across the capital city. Some 100 people were killed as a result of open fire at the 1500 seat Bataclan concert hall. Other shootings and bombings took place outside a Cambodian restaurant and nearby the Stade de France during a soccer game between France and Germany. As of 9:39PM eastern time all of the attackers were presumed dead, allowing the people of France to breathe a little easier.
ISIS has taken responsibility for the events. Seven suicide attackers have been confirmed dead and an eighth is the object of police pursuit.
Not quite a year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre resulted in twelve deaths and enhanced security features across the country, France and the world are caught in a whirlwind of both tragedy and terror. Video footage presents ambulances backed up a mile in the streets, orange suited public service workers grouped together in the city where just hours ago all hell broke loose, the worst movement of terrorism in France since at least the 1800’s. Besides rescue teams and media, the normally crowded streets are empty as a result of the mandated curfew. Friends and families check in through resources such as Facebook, where a page has been created for people to mark that they are safe.
Throughout the evening, with information still pouring in through various media sources, various political figures and global citizens have spoken out in support of France. President Barack Obama called the event more than just an attack on France, but “an attack on all of humanity and the Universal values that we share.” Extra precautions have been taken within the United States, despite no indication of threat.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted:
I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured in violent attacks in #Paris. Canada stands with France.
According to journalists at France24, reporting directly from France, the horror has created a sense of community within the country as well.
Actor Mark Ruffalo also tweeted a message of caution as well as compassion:
Don’t allow this horrific act allow you to be drawn into the loss of your humanity or tolerance. That is the intended outcome. #ParisAttacks.
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