Justice

France Just Closed Its Borders

November 13th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

French president François Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed the borders of France following a series of deadly attacks in Paris on Friday night.

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"We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool," Hollande said. "France must be strong and great."

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"Hollande, in a televised address, said the nation would stand firm and united against the attackers," the Associated Press reported. "He also said security forces are assaulting one of the sites hit by Friday's attacks, without elaborating."

At least 60 people have been killed in separate incidents around the city, sources say.

There is an active hostage situation at the Bataclan concert hall, where 15 people were fatally shot. An American band, Eagles of Death Metal, were performing, and as many as 100 hostages are behind held.

The decision to declare a state of emergency is an unprecedented move for the country. It is the first time since the Algerian War in the mid-twentieth century.

French media reports two separate explosions—one outside of a Paris bar and another, which was reportedly a suicide bombing, outside a soccer stadium where Hollande was in attendance. He was safely escorted out and issued a statement hours after reports of the attacks first broke.