Paris is known more for its landmarks, art, cuisine and relaxed atmosphere than for chaos and bombings. With the exception of World War II and Nazi occupation, Paris, the capital of France has been relatively safe and welcoming to millions of people from around the world. It is fawned over as the unofficial capital of the cultural connoisseur world. Once again, the world's eyes are on Paris but for the wrong reasons.
Sky News Special Report: Terror in Paris
Just 10 months after the January attacks on Charlie Hebdo, Parisians are again in shock at Friday's suicide bombings, shootings, hostage situations and explosions across the city. Some 120+ people have been declared killed in the terror attacks while another 200 are injured. The Bataclan Theatre, Le Cambodge Restaurant, a bar and the Stade de France the national stadium were targeted shamefully. All four places and the Gare du Nord were filled with people out on a normal Friday night either going to concerts, at the restaurant, chilling or minding their own business. The explosions were meant to maim and terrify ordinary French people more than the politicians. The Bataclan Theatre has been the focus of the events as over 80+ innocent people were killed after a hostage crisis reminiscence of the 2002 Moscow Theatre siege by Chechen terrorists. No one at the Bataclan wouldve foreseen the violence that unfolded while attending the Eagles of Death Metal band show. The Eagles of Death Metal (premonition if you will) are from the United States and were planning to enjoy their own peaceful world tour. The hundreds of fans were anxious to see the performance.
Explosions during Friendly match France vs Germany BMFTV
At the Stade de France, the 80,000 football fans paid no heed to the first explosion that went off during a friendly match between France and Germany. Football matches are known for having diehard fans and fanatics who shoot flares, fire off fireworks and noisemakers among other things at friendly matches and not to mention local club derbies. The fans were overly excited to see their country play. It wasn't until after the match and the second to third explosion that the football fans realized something was utterly wrong, rushed out of the stadium and ran towards the exit. They originally remained inside the stadium for safety. French football star Lassana Diarra lost his beloved cousin Asta Diakite in Paris attacks. She is one of many victims.
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On the streets of Paris in the different arrondissments in the 10th and 11th, Parisians and tourists ducked for safety leaping over the Bataclans' windows or staying in doors under orders of Paris mayor and city council. Charles De Gualle airport was shuttered and the French borders were sealed briefly. Belgium out of justified panic reinstated border checks.
The Police State comes again
Refugee and migrants backlash: Blamed and condemned
Over 31 state governors across the U.S. are panicking over the possibility of having to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees following the events in Paris. Without making distinctions, the governors and state governments have condemned Syrian refugees for the Paris attacks and used guilt by association to vilify groups of people based on religions and nationalities. The U.S. Congress has recently made it difficult for Syrian refugees to seek refuge in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees by extensions Eritreans, Afghan, Iraqis and Palestinians are waiting in refugees camps in Lesbos, Calais and other towns across Europe to save their lives and families from the continuous wars in their homelands. Many people if in the same situation would do the same. The right wing parties and local community organizations across Europe ie Front National, PEGIDA, English Defense League, have all feared that the hundreds of thousands refugees and migrants coming into Europe might be used as a Trojan horse by ISIS to sneak takfiri terrorists into Europe to cause untold harm and destruction to Europeans at the expense of innocent people from migrant families and new arrivals. The migrant camp "the jungle" in Calais was set on fire by unknown attackers in response to the Paris attacks. Muslims and their Abrahamic brothers around the world have joined with other peoples and religious leaders to condemned the attacks and oppose terrorism in its multiple forms.
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