Paris attacks: Dozens dead and Bataclan hostage stand-off

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14 November 2015

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France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after at least 40 people were killed in multiple gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

At least 15 people were killed at the Bataclan concert hall, where gunmen took up to 60 people hostage.

Police have now stormed the venue and killed two attackers, French media say.

Others died in attacks near the Stade de France, with some reports suggesting a suicide blast, and at restaurants in central Paris.

Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and military personnel are being deployed across the city.

The deadliest attack appears to have targeted the Bataclan concert hall. The BBC’s Hugh Schofield says scores of ambulances have arrived at the scene, suggesting many victims inside.

Other attacks hit neighbouring Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon restaurants in the 10th district where a BBC reporter could see 10 people lying on the road, either dead or seriously injured.

And an eyewitness told Liberation newspaper that he had heard more than 100 rounds being fired at La Belle Equipe cafe in the 11th district.

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US President Barack Obama spoke of “an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians”.

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

Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany

Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France after the international friendly soccer France against Germany

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Rescuers evacuate people following one of the attacks

General view of the scene with rescue service personnel

Witnesses have been speaking of “carnage”

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