Paris attack: French President vows 'merciless' retaliation
French President Francois Hollande in a strong message swore to the country that he intends to take revenge on those who committed the 'barbaric' act.
New Delhi: In an attack that is being touted as the deadliest of its kind that Paris has faced since World War II which has left the nation reeling from grief, French President Francois Hollande in a strong message swore to the country that he intends to take revenge on those who committed the 'barbaric' act.
In a brief address near the Bataclan theatre where around 100 people who were attending a rock concert were shot dead, the President issued a message voicing his pain and fury at the carnage.
"We wanted to be here, among all those who saw these atrocious things, to say that we will lead the fight and it will be merciless. When terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities, they should be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that will not let itself be intimidated, even if today we are expressing endless emotion at this drama and this tragedy," Hollande said.
The President had earlier declared a state of emergency and ordered closing all border while calling in major military reinforcements.
The deadly attack reportedly began in the French capital at a soccer stadium where a match was underway as explosions set off. Simultaneously, terrorists armed with AK-47s and bombs strapped to them began attacking in different sites throughout the city.
A bloodbath was reported from the Bataclan concert hall where around 100 people were killed as terrorists opened fire for 15 minutes and even shot hostages at point blank range.
Besides the massacare at the concert, around 150 people have reportedly been killed in different sites in the attacks.
According to reports, the attack sites are Bataclan concert venue, Le Carillon, Le Petit Cambodge, 20 rue Alibert, La Belle Equipe, Near Stade de France and reports of gunfire were reported at least from one other site.
Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins has said that all attackers are believed to be dead, however, a manhunt has been launched to capture any remaining possible accomplices.
A city-wide curfew has been enacted, the first in Paris since 1944.