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Paris attacks: At least 129 dead after night of terror in French capital, Isis claims responsibility in revenge for 'crusade against Islamic State'

  • At least 129 people are reported dead in a series of attacks across the French capital
  • Francois Hollande says Isis 'barbarians' were responsible
  • Isis claims responsibility for the attacks
  • David Cameron: 'We must be prepared for British casualties'
  • Disneyland Paris, Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum closed and sports fixtures cancelled
  • French police have said as many as 87 people were killed following a hostage situation in Bataclan theatre
  • A number of shootings in the 10th and 11th arrondissements leaves scores dead, French police confirm
  • Authorities say that eight assailants have been killed, seven by detonating suicide vests
  • Explosions near Stade de France during international football match, President Hollande rushed to safety
  • Fans sang national anthem as they were evacuated
  • France's President Hollande has declared a state of emergency and closed France's borders
  • David Cameron 'shocked' by violence in French capital

Barack Obama has led world condemnation of the terror attacks in Paris, calling them an "outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians" and vowing to do whatever it takes to help bring the perpetrators to justice.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, the US president said he would not speculate about who was responsible.

He called the attacks a "heartbreaking situation" and an "attack on all of humanity".

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon hit out at "the despicable terrorist attacks".

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Mr Ban "trusts that the French authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly".

The UN Security Council also condemned "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks", and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of "these terrorist acts to justice".

Angela Merkel said she was "deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris".

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The German chancellor issued a statement saying her thoughts were with the victims "of the apparent terrorist attack".

The Vatican also condemned the assault as "an attack on peace for all humanity".

Spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi said in a statement that the violence requires "a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread of homicidal hatred in all of its forms".

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: "Israel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with French president Francois Hollande and with the people of France in our common battle against terrorism."

In the Middle East, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani sent a message to Mr Hollande condemning the terror attacks.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Mr Rouhani as saying that Iran "itself has been a victim of the scourge of terrorism" and the fight must go on.

Mr Rouhani cancelled visits to France and Italy, due in a few days. France was one of the world powers involved in recent negotiations with the Islamic republic over its contested nuclear programme.

Hossein Jaber Ansari, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, was quoted by IRNA as saying: "Those terrorist groups that committed the Paris crimes do not believe in ethical principles and they are not loyal to any type of divine religions - including Islam."

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi conveyed condolences to the victims.

A statement from his office called for "concerted international efforts" to combat "the scourge of terrorism, which aims to destabilise security and stability in various parts of the world, without distinction".

Jordan's King Abdullah II "expressed strong condemnation and indignation at the cowardly terrorist act", and solidarity with the French people, in a statement published by state news agency Petra.

In the United Arab Emirates, the state-run WAM news agency said president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a telegram to Mr Hollande offering his condolences and pledging support for France. WAM said Mr al Nahyan also supported doing "what it takes to face terrorism and eliminate it".

The ruler of Kuwait, emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, said in a statement that he offered his condolences, while stressing that "these criminal acts of terrorism ... run counter to all teachings of holy faith and humanitarian values".

In Saudi Arabia, the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official denouncing the attack.

US secretary of state John Kerry described the attacks as "heinous, evil and vile", calling them "an assault on our common humanity".

Mr Kerry said the US embassy in Paris is "making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the city", and the US stands ready "to provide whatever support the French government may require".

US defence secretary Ash Carter called the attacks "an assault on our common human dignity".

The Pentagon chief said: "The United States stands with the people of France and its vibrant, multicultural democracy."

He praised France as a Nato ally and a leader of the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said: "Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to our French cousins in this dark and terrible time."

He said Canada had offered "all of our help and support to the government of France".

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says Beijing was "deeply shocked" by the attacks and pledged solidarity with France in combating terrorism.

"Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity. China resolutely supports France in maintaining its national security and stability and in attacking terrorism," Mr Hong said.

Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida says he was "deeply shocked and outraged" by the news.

Speaking to reporters in Hiroshima, he said Japan stands by France, promising to co-operate in the international fight against terrorism.

"We strongly condemn the act of terrorism, which we do not tolerate for any reason," he said, expressing condolences to the victims and their families.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey shares the pain felt by France, as a nation that has suffered terror attacks.

The Turkish leader, who is scheduled to host Mr Hollande and other G20 leaders at a summit on Sunday, said the attacks were aimed at the two countries' "peace and security", and called for unity against all terror groups.

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull extended Australia's deep sympathy to the people of France.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time," Mr Turnbull said in a statement from Berlin. "But our solidarity is with them too. When the French people left the stadium after that shocking attack, they were not cowed. They sang their national anthem proudly and that is how all free people should respond to these assaults.

"In France, and Australia, all around the world, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and with all free peoples in the battle against terrorism."

The Australian government said a 19-year-old Australian woman had been injured in the attacks.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said in a tweet to Mr Hollande: "I sympathise with you and your people; Afghanistan stands with France with resolve to tackle terrorism as a common enemy."

A statement from Mr Ghani's office quoted him as saying: "The brutal attacks in Paris prove that global terrorism does not recognise borders.

"Afghan people have for many years been the victims of terrorist attacks. They feel the pain of Parisians, and share the grief of the victims' families. The people of Afghanistan stand with France on this terrible day. Terrorism is a serious threat to the entire world and we are united in the struggle."

Embassy numbers

The Foreign Office has said that people with concerns about British relatives or friends in Paris should call 0207 008 0000.

The Republic of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs says anyone concerned about Irish nationals caught up in the attacks should call 00 3531 408 2000.

Reaction: Northern Ireland parties and world leaders united in condemnation and outrage

Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande has blamed 'Isis barbarians' for the attacks. The French president said the attacks were "an act of war which were prepared, organised and planned from outside." He declared three days of national mourning and vowed a 'ruthless' response.

The Queen

A message was released by Buckingham Palace in the wake of the carnage.

It read: "Prince Philip and I have been deeply shocked and saddened by the terrible loss of life in Paris.

"We send our most sincere condolences to you, the families of those who have died and the French people."

David Cameron

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

Philip Hammond

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he had spoken to his French counterpart Laurent Fabius about the attack.

Mr Hammond wrote on Twitter: "Have just conveyed my condolences to LaurentFabius for the horrific ParisAttacks death toll. UK stands w/ France."

Republic of Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his shock at the events. He said: "Once again we are witnessing carnage on the streets of Paris. Again the capital is suffering at the hands of those who seek only to wreak havoc and destruction on civil society.

"My thoughts and those of all the Irish people are with the French people this evening.  As ever we stand as one with them and will never bend to the evil of terrorism."

President Michael D. Higgins said: "I have been shocked to learn of and view the images of the terrible events unfolding in Paris this evening.

"On behalf of the Irish people and on my own behalf I offer deepest sympathy through President Hollande to the people of France on this dreadful loss of life and appalling injuries.

"All of our thoughts are with the people of France as events unfold."

DUP

Peter Robinson: "Heartbreaking news coming from Paris. Families wrecked and ripped apart but democracy will always triumph over terrorism"

Nigel Dodds: "Horrific events in #Paris tonight - my thoughts and prayers with all those who have lost their lives. We all stand with #France"

Jeffrey Donaldson: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France & Paris. As in the past, once again we stand with you."

Sinn Fein

Martin McGuinness: "Shocking news from Paris,thoughts & prayers with the  families of those killed & injured."

Gerry Adams: "The deplorable attacks tonight in #Paris are to be condemned. My thoughts at this time are with those killed or injured."

UUP

Mike Nesbitt: "Devastated by news of Paris attack. Terrorism is terrorism - wrong wrong wrong. Think of the devastation to honest communities."

SDLP

Alasdair McDonnell: "Deepest sympathies to all the victims and survivors of the insane atrocity in Paris."

Colum Eastwood: "Terrible news from Paris. Just devastating."

Muslim Council of Britain

Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "The attacks once again in Paris are horrific and abhorrent, and we condemn this violence in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts and prayers for the families of those killed and injured and for the people of France, our neighbours.

"This week we have once again witnessed outrageous attacks, be that in Beirut earlier in the week or Paris today - there is no justification for such carnage whatsoever. We hope those responsible are brought to justice and face the full force of the law."

Scotland

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "The thoughts and prayers of Scotland are with the people of France." Ms Sturgeon later visited the French Consulate in Edinburgh to sign the Book of Condolence and "express Scotland's solidarity with France".

Wales

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has sent condolences to those affected by the attacks in Paris and called for calm in the city and across the world in the face of tragic and dreadful events.

She said it was a time for solidarity and communities across the world should stand united to defeat those who wish to incite fear and terror.

"This is a tragic and dreadful event clearly designed to incite fear and terror into the French population," she said.

"In the light of these attacks on people in Paris, we stand united with all those people in the communities that have been affected by these horrific acts of violence."

Nigel Farage

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the Paris attack should prompt a "rethink".

He said: "Profoundly shocked by the events in Paris. We need a rethink."

Following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January, Mr Farage blamed a "fifth column" within Europe opposed to Western ideals.

Vatican

The Vatican called it "an attack on peace for all humanity" and said "a decisive, supportive response" was needed "on the part of all of us as we counter the spread of homicidal hatred in all its forms".

Pope Francis said: "There is no justification for such things, neither religious nor human, this is not human. It is difficult to understand such things, done by human beings."

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telegram to Francois Hollande: "This tragedy has become another testimony of terrorism's barbarity, which poses a challenge to human civilisation."

"It is clear that the real unification of the international community's efforts is needed for an effective fight against this evil."

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said: "The events in Paris are a horrifyingly cynical crime. We are mourning with France today."

Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We, your German friends, we are so close with you. We are crying with you. Together with you, we will fight against those who have carried out such an unfathomable act against you."

China

President Xi Jinping of China said: "At the sorrowful moment of the French people, I, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, and personally, condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric acts."

Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan: "We will stand against terrorism regardless of its reasons. We will stand in solidarity with the international community to prevent acts of terrorism."

Iran

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of Iran branded the attacks 'crimes against humanity'.

Hossein Jaber Ansari, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said in a statement: "Those terrorist groups that committed the Paris crimes do not believe in ethical principles, and they are not loyal to any type of divine religions including Islam."

Australia

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia: "When the French people left the stadium after that shocking attack, they were not cowed. They sang their national anthem proudly and that is how all free people should respond to these assaults."

Jordan

Queen Rania Al Abdullah tweeted: "Horrified by the outrageous atrocity in the #ParisAttacks. Terrorism claims more victims. #ThisIsNotIslam"

Isis claims responsibility

Isis has claimed responsibility for the attacks and said France would remain at the "top of the list" of its targets.

An online statement said eight militants armed with explosive belts and automatic weapons attacked carefully chosen targets in the "capital of adultery and vice", including the national stadium, where France were playing Germany, and the Bataclan concert hall, where an American rock band were playing and "hundreds of apostates were attending an adulterous party".

The statement said France and its supporters "will remain at the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State".

"The stench of death will not leave their noses as long as they remain at the forefront of the Crusaders' campaign, dare to curse our prophet, boast of a war on Islam in France, and strike Muslims in the lands of the caliphate with warplanes that were of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris," it said.

France is part of the US-led coalition that has been striking the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq for the past year, and has been targeted by jihadists in the past because of its perceived tolerance of speech deemed offensive to Islam.

The claim was made in statements in Arabic and French released online and circulated by supporters of the group. Supporters also circulated an audio version read by an unidentified speaker whose voice strongly resembled that of an announcer for the IS radio station Al-Bayan. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the statements, but they bore the extremists' logo and resembled previous IS statements.

The statements did not provide the nationalities or other information about the attackers, but a Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the suicide bombers who targeted the Stade de France stadium

French President Francois Hollande pledged a "pitiless" response to terrorism, and vowed to strike back after the worst attacks in France since the Second World War

Mr Hollande said after an emergency security meeting that the death toll in Paris had risen to 127 in a string of near-simultaneous attacks which he said were an "act of war" orchestrated by IS.

He declared three days of national mourning and put the nation's security at its highest level after the assault on the Bacalan concert hall, the Stade de France and cafes.

Mr Hollande also declared a state of emergency - the first such move in a decade - and ordered 1,500 additional troops to be deployed to guard official buildings and religious sites, while controls have been re-imposed at the country's borders.

He said the attacks were "committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: a free country that means something to the whole planet".

Mr Hollande added that France "will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group", and "will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country".

Paris shuts attractions including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre

French authorities have closed the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and other leading tourist sites in Paris until further notice after the deadly terror attacks.

A Louvre spokeswoman said the museum opened as normal on Saturday with enhanced security, but was ordered closed by the Culture Ministry after President Francois Hollande called for national day of mourning.

Isabelle Esnous, a spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower, said the monument did not open as a security precaution.

The Culture Ministry said "public cultural sites" were closed in the region, without specifying.

Disneyland Paris was also closed to the public in a highly unusual move because of the string of attack.

The theme park east of the capital, one of Europe's leading tourist attractions, said in a statement that it decided not to open on Saturday "in light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks".

About 14 million people visited Disneyland Paris last year.

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