French President Francois Hollande declared that “France is at war” after the City of Lights was silenced by a series of coordinated atrocities.
There were seven coordinated attacks in Paris carried out by militants, taking the lives of at least 129 innocent people. The first attacks were launched simultaneously, with two explosions close to the Stade de France during the first half of the international friendly between France and Germany. A separate team of gunmen terrorised the centre of the city. They opened fire on the Petit Cambodge Cambodian restaurant and the Le Carillon bar and a fourth attack came on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. At least five people were killed while dining in the Casa Nostra pizzeria and more than 19 people died after militants started shooting at people relaxing in the La Belle Equipe bar. The most deadly attack was at the Bataclan concert venue, where at least 89 people lost their lives.
The Mirror cited an eyewitness as saying that two ISIS militants pulled up in a black Mercedes-Benz and executed 20 people eating quietly in a Paris bistro before driving away. According to Mahoud Admo, “the gunman showed no emotion at all” as he began killing innocent diners. “He just kept reloading his machine gun and firing.” Mr Admo, 26, who was staying at a hostel opposite the Le Belle Eqiupe, saw everything from his window, including the moment when a “new looking black Mercedes pulled up.” The passenger and driver windows were down, so he clearly saw the passenger’s face because he was not wearing a mask.
People outside Le Belle Equipe saw the shooter approaching and tried to run inside, but the gunman shot them down in the doorway. Mr Admo tried to film the whole carnage, but the shooter saw the light on his phone and started shooting at the hostel. He shot up at the windows in the street to make sure nobody was taking photos or filming, the witness said. According to his description, the attacker was “white, clean shaven and had dark hair neatly trimmed.” He was a young white man who “looked like a weightlifter.” He was probably in his mid-thirties. The driver was a dark-haired tall man and “also quite muscular.”
“They looked like soldiers or mercenaries” and very heavily armed. After an attack which lasted more than six minutes, the two gunmen sat back in the black Mercedes and sped off in the direction of the concert venue. Fatiha Toun, 25, another witness told The Mirror she was heading to catch the bus when she realized she was in the middle of a horror scene.
Julien Pearce, a radio reporter, was inside the Bataclan Theatre when two gunmen started killing people. He told CNN the attackers “didn’t shout anything, didn’t say anything.” According to the man’s description, the gunmen were not wearing masks, which allowed him to see the face of a “very young man” holding a Kalashnikov and killing people.
At least 26 U.S. states have announced they won’t accept any refugees from Syria following the Paris massacre.