Attacks at multiple locations including a concert hall and France’s national stadium in Paris have left more than 150 people dead and many more wounded.
The attacks began just after 9pm Paris time with gunfire heard near restaurants, a hostage situation taking place at a rock concert and explosions outside the stadium. French President Francois Hollande was attending a friendly match between France and Germany. After the explosions, Hollande was ushered from the stadium to safety.
Most of the carnage took place at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where some reports say as many as 100 people were killed. Reports, often fluid during breaking news situations, described the terrorists as hunting down and killing those that hid during the hostage taking.
Sky News carried the release of the living hostages live on air.
In the midst of the attacks, with casualty figures much lower, Hollande made an impassioned statement announcing he was closing France’s borders.
The president later travelled to the Bataclan concert hall saying France is united and determined to fight those responsible for the attacks without mercy.
Earlier this year France was the target of another terrorist attack when 11 people were killed at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.