At Least 40 Killed, Multiple Explosions & a Hostage situation in Paris

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At least 40 people have been killed in multiple shootings in the French capital, Paris, and explosions near the Stade de France.

French media say at least 15 people have been killed near the Bataclan arts centre, where up to 60 people are reportedly being held hostage.

Reports suggest some spectators are fleeing the venue after police stormed it.

Three explosions were reported outside a bar near the Stade de France.

France were hosting Germany in a friendly and the match continued. It has now ended.

Live: Follow the latest developments here.

Elsewhere, at least one man opened fire at a restaurant in the 11th district of the city, causing several several casualties.

A BBC journalist at the Petit Cambodge restaurant said he could see 10 people lying on the road, either dead or seriously injured.

Police have now arrived and sealed off the area.

Media captionGregory Domine said he heard “automatic gunshots”

An eyewitness told Liberation he had heard more than 100 rounds being fired at a cafe in rue de Charonne.

There are reports of up to six gunmen involved.

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French President Francois Hollande was watching the match at the Stade de France and has been moved to safety.

Mr Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have gone to the interior ministry.

The French anti-terror prosecutor has begun an investigation.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the developments on Friday.

UK PM David Cameron said he was shocked and pledged to do “whatever we can to help”.

Eyewitness Ben Grant: “There were a lot of dead people… it was horrific”
Rescuers evacuate people following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital ParisAFP

There are reports of up to six gunmen involved.

Scene of shooting
Multiple gunshots were heard around the Petit Cambodge restaurant

 

We will update this post as information becomes available.


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