Hollande promises merciless fight as Paris death toll rises to 120

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Paris Terrorist Crisis - Hollande

The French president has swiftly reached the Bataclan, the scene of the horrific attacks waged on the citizens of France for the last few hours, and has sworn a merciless fight on the attackers as the scene came to an end with a shoot out of the hostage takers.Paris Terrorist Crisis - Hollande

Francois Hollande was seen to be grieved and visibly shake as he said,

We wanted to be here among all those who saw these atrocious things, to say that we are going to fight and our fight will be merciless, because these terrorists that are capable of such atrocities need to know that they will be confronted by a France that is determined, unified and pulled together and a France that will not let itself be overawed even if today it is expressing an infinite amount of emotion at this drama and this tragedy, which was an abomination and a barbaric act.

There is news coming out that dozens of survivors managed to stay alive by hiding in the upper galleries of the venue as well as laying flat in between rows of seats.

The newly elected Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was also swift to offer his country’s help at this time of emergency, stating “Canada stands with France at this dark time and offers all possible assistance. We will continue to work closely with the international community to help prevent these terrible, senseless acts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and we mourn their loss.”

As at 01:30 GMT, it was reported by the BBC that 5 of the attackers were dead, but it is still uncertain how many there were or indeed, what they hoped to achieve by taking hostages.

epa05023976 A man with blood on his shirt talks on the phone next to the Bataclan where a shooting and a hostage situation took place earlier tonight in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. Dozens of people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT
epa05023976 A man with blood on his shirt talks on the phone next to the Bataclan where a shooting and a hostage situation took place earlier tonight in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. Dozens of people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

They had previously set off bombs and carried out shootings at multiple locations all over the city earlier that day, and the sustained violence had left 120 dead as the death toll keeps rising, an hollainstant state of emergency called in the capital, and medics and military working flat out to save lives as chaos descended upon Paris.

Tragic and traumatising.

All pictures and quotes courtesy BBC

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