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Paris terror attacks: The moment gunshots rocked Stade de France during France v Germany friendly

By Andrew Buncombe

Published 14/11/2015

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Spectators gather on the pitch after news of the bombing and terrorist attacks in Paris reaches the fans after the International Friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Spectators gather on the pitch after news of the bombing and terrorist attacks in Paris reaches the fans after the International Friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A handout picture taken and released on November 13, 2015 by the Presidence of the Republique shows French President Francois Hollande in the security control room at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on November 13, 2015, as he learns about several attacks in Paris. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris on Friday, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE / CHRISTELLE ALIX " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSCHRISTELLE ALIX/AFP/Getty Images
People leave the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. Two police officials say at least 11 people have been killed in shootouts and other violence around Paris. Police have reported shootouts in at least two restaurants in Paris. At least two explosions have been heard near the Stade de France stadium, and French media is reporting of a hostage-taking in the capital. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Joachim Loew Head Coach of Germany before the International Friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: during the International Friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: during the International Friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

An international football match turned to chaos on Friday as hundreds of people spilled out onto the pitch of the Stade de France as shots rang out as France played Germany in a friendly.

President Francois Hollande was in the stands to watch Didier Deschamps side in action but was rushed from the national stadium as news broke of the attacks, said reports.

Explosions could be heard in the stadium during the game, which continued until full-time, though by that time many fans had headed to the exits as news of the attacks filtered through.

A stadium announcer made an announcement over the loudspeaker after the match, telling fans to avoid certain exits "due to events outside," without elaborating.

At first that prompted some panic, but then the crowds just walked dazed, hugging each other and looking at their phones for the latest news of the violence.

Hundreds of people spilled onto the field and could be seen consulting their cell phones for information about the series of attacks that reverberated across the city, the Associated Press reported.

Those supporters who remained were then allowed onto the field at the Stade de France as French police slowly evacuated attendees.

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