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Eiffel Tower lit up in blue, white and red to honour Paris attack victims

The Eiffel Tower is blue, white, and red tonight, joining several iconic buildings and monuments around the world lit up with the colours of the French flag to honour the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Buildings like The Sydney Opera House, the One World Trade Center in New York and the CN Tower in Toronto were illuminated in red, white and blue on Friday and through the weekend in tribute to the victims of the attack.

The CN Tower has been lit up in the colours of the French flag in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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The Sydney Opera House lit up in the colours of the French Tricolore in Sydney, New South Wales.


St Mary’s Cathedral as it is illuminated in the colours of the national flag of France, after he conducted a mass in honour of the victims and those affected by the recent Paris attacks, at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, 16 November 2015.


The Eiffel Tower went dark Saturday night as France mourned the victims of the deadly and coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night that killed at least 129 people died and injured another 350.

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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Across France and throughout Europe on Monday, people paused for a minute’s silence at noon French time in memory of the victims.

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Syrian refugees: Quebec immigration minister says security won’t be compromised

MONTREAL – Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil said security won’t be compromised as the province awaits word from the federal government about its plan to accept refugees from Syria in the coming weeks.

Weil told a news conference in Montreal Monday that Quebecers have expressed concerns about security in recent days, but said she’s assured by Ottawa’s claim that proper checks will be done.

“First of all, when they’re in the camps, the United Nations commissioner for refugees does a first evaluation and the federal government takes it from there and does a criminality check and they do a check regarding terrorism,” said Weil.

Weil said the province will do everything it can to ensure that refugees brought into Quebec are legitimate families fleeing violence.

“These are families that are vulnerable, I know the concern is ‘could somebody slip in there?’” she said.

“But the people I’ve met, these are children and teenagers and mothers. Some have lost their husbands, they can be widows, some in a vulnerable state.”

Still, there is a lot of opposition.

Last week, a banner hanging over a Quebec overpass read: “Refugees – no thank you” and a Quebec City man is gaining notoriety for starting an online petition urging the Canadian government to suspend its plan to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees.

By Monday afternoon, the petition had over 60,000 signatures.

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The Parti Québécois also came out against the government’s plan and is asking for an emergency debate.

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“We need to have answers to legitimate questions that have been asked and therefore we should do this in the most appropriate way and this is why we’re proposing to have a debate,” said Pierre Karl Péladeau, the PQ’s leader.

Philippe Couillard‘s Liberal government also said Justin Trudeau’s plan to bring in 25,000 is unrealistic.

“I’m going to be frank, I don’t think it’s possible by the end of the year,” said Weil.

She said Quebec could accept around 5,700 refugees, but she’s waiting for Ottawa to finalize its plans.

READ MORE: Quebec extends aid to Syrian refugees in Germany

The province said it has already previously tripled the number of people it would accept this year to 3,650 and Quebec will seek federal funds to offset the costs of the additional arrivals.

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Disturbing video appears to show 2 police officers beating suspect in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Two Northern California sheriff’s deputies seen repeatedly beating a suspected car thief in a video were placed on paid administrative leave on Sunday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Alameda County deputies, who were not identified, were placed on leave two days after the release of the video, which launched an internal investigation.

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The video released on YouTube by the San Francisco public defender’s office shows two deputies chasing a man on foot. As the man slows, one deputy tackles him and punches him twice. The second deputy arrives and starts hitting the man with his baton. Soon, both deputies hit him with their batons as he screamed and alternated from laying on the ground and getting on his knees.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the video shows excessive force.

“He didn’t pose any threat at that point, and they are clearly using excessive force and trying to seriously hurt him when he was on the ground and subdued,” he said Friday. “I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t be handcuffed and taken into custody.”

Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesman, Sgt. J.D. Nelson, said the deputies believed the suspect, 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov, was armed and possibly on drugs. A gun was later recovered.

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The beating came at the end of a high-speed chase from San Leandro across the bay to San Francisco’s Mission District on Thursday. Authorities accused Petrov of ramming the deputies’ patrol cars, knocking one of the officers down before leading them on the chase.

Petrov was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods, who visited Petrov at the hospital Sunday, told KQED-FM that he suffered several broken bones in both of his hands or arms and multiple lacerations to the back of his head, but was alert and talking.

He said he was horrified by the force depicted in the video.

“I was shocked, outraged and disgusted,” he said. “I counted over 30 baton strikes. I’m not sure what facts would justify that sort of brutal beating.”


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WATCH: Slick conditions cripple area highways

UPDATE: 9 p.m., Highway 97C is open, again, after a multi-vehicle crash shut down the route 10 km east of Merritt. RCMP are still waiting for a report from investigators at the scene.

The B.C. Ambulance Service says one person was taken by ambulance to hospital.

RCMP shut down roads when there is a possible fatality involved in a crash.

The Coquihalla Highway northbound lanes remain closed until between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. Nov 17, following a transport crash that required clean-up.

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UPDATE: Around 2:30 p.m., the Okanagan-Connector was closed in both directions east of Merritt due to a vehicle incident. A detour is available via Highway 5A north to Princeton for westbound traffic or the Coquihalla for eastbound traffic. 

The Coquihalla was closed in both directions between Merritt and Hope for several hours on Monday due to a vehicle incident.

The highway partially reopened around 1:30 p.m. with one lane about 40 kilometres south of Merritt. Motorists are being advised to expect delays.

According to Drive B.C., the highway was shut down at Exit 286 at the Coldwater Interchange south of Merritt.

Meanwhile, a material spill has the highway closed at Hope. There is a detour at Hope to Highway 3 or Highway 1.

Another accident at Exit 250 near Larson Hill has caused a lane closure.

Traffic delays on Highway 97 near Larson Hill


A witness to the accident south of Merritt, Adam Camley, told Global Okanagan the crash happened around 10 a.m.

“It was just ice. Just a sheet of ice. I literally left the scene and two minutes out of coming out of the scene, the road was more clear, it was just a really bad section of the highway,” says Camley.

Camley says he was driving through the area near the Coldwater Interchange when he saw several vehicles flip into a ditch and two semi-trucks sliding into each other.

He says some drivers were travelling too fast for the road conditions.

“It was pretty bad. Even when officers were trying to get vehicles out of there, there were people just hauling and still doing 80 to 100 to 120 kilometres per hour,” says Camley.

RCMP are on scene and say the highway will be closed for most of the day.

While there are several spun out vehicles on the highway, no serious injuries have been reported.

Environment Canada says close to 50 centimetres of snow has fallen on the Coquihalla since Friday afternoon.

Another 15 to 25 centimetres is expected Monday night mixed with rain Tuesday morning.

More snow is expected Tuesday afternoon and evening.

~ With files from Jordan Armstrong

The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

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The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

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The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

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The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

Adam Camley

The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

Adam Camley

The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

Adam Camley

The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

Adam Camley

The Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions south of Merritt due to a vehicle incident.

Adam Camley

The Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt was closed in both directions for a couple of hours on Monday due to a vehicle incident.

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Tory wants Canada to maintain commitment to Syrian refugees

TORONTO —; Mayor John Tory wants to see Canada maintain its commitment to bring Syrian refugees into the country.

“I think it’s a contribution on a global scale to these kind of humanitarian crises,” Tory said Monday morning, adding that the process should be done carefully.

“I would hope that we would place a premium … on doing things right and carefully, as opposed to being dually concerned on political promises.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been vocal in his promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada.

But the Paris attacks have left some feeling anxious about mass Syrian immigration, particularly after one of the attackers involved was identified with having a Syrian passport close to his body.

The Greek government confirmed the man entered Leros in October as one of the thousands of people fleeing Syria.

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“These people who perpetrated these acts represent no one,” Tory said.

“I am giving leeway to the government to say to the people of Canada, that they have done this the right way and have this done in a way that is careful in safe guarding our interests. At the same time, doing what we believe should be done in a humanitarian effort to help some of these people re-establish themselves and get away from the trauma they have experienced.”

The city has recently put in place a program aimed at helping transition refugees coming into the city.

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Councillor Joe Cressy told Global News on Friday that an interagency team for the resettlement program has been put in place to help refugees.

“As a city, because we moved quickly and proactively, we are now ready to respond to the increased number of refugees who are going to be coming to Toronto soon,” Cressy said.


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HSAS survey finds evidence of under staffing in health care

REGINA – Access to health care, wait lists, and too few doctors top the concerns for people in Saskatchewan after a survey was conducted by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS).

This is the fourth year that HSAS has conducted their survey on healthcare under staffing.

Another major component of this year’s survey involved asking if people agree with the following statement:

“Saskatchewan health care employers have chosen to under-staff specialized healthcare professionals in order to control budgets. this trend has meant growing wait lists for many important health care services.”

The breakdown of how people responded to one of the key questions in this year’s HSAS survey

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Eighty per cent of respondents said that they agree that under staffing is an issue. HSAS President Karen Wasylenko said this is evidence of chronic under staffing.

“I think what the message here is that the public is frustrated with the ongoing health care service delivery, and how they’re not getting the access to the service that they need,” she explained.

The survey collected responses from over 1,000 randomly selected people across the province. Data gathered was weighed by age and gender, and has a margin of error of three per cent.

The HSAS represents over 3,700 health care professionals in 30 specialized fields including EMS, addictions, and pharmacists.

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Everyone wants to beat ISIS. Nobody knows how

How do you destroy a hated group that thrives on hatred, or declare war without playing intoyour enemy’sclash-of-civilizations recruitment strategy?

As the world reels in the wake of a choreographedmassacre targetingthe bourgeois-bohème heart of Paris that left 129 people dead and more than 350 injured, world leaders have vowed to fight the so-called Islamic State with renewed resolve.

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It isn’t clear, however, what exactly that fight will entail.

France launched “massive” airstrikes against ISIS’s self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqqa over the weekend.

U.S. President Barack Obamadefended his strategy thus far and said he plans to intensify U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stuck to his pledge to pull Canada out of that same bombing mission, but saidhe’ll increase the resources Canada’s putting into training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Details to be fleshed out.

Behind all this bluster is a kind of fatalistic uncertainty and a multitude of terrible choices.

“I find [these reactions] characteristic of a global community, an international coalition, that’s not really coherent,” said Kamran Bokhary, a University of Ottawa specialist in countering violent extremism and author of Political Islam in the Age of Democratization.

“There’s a lot of talk. Everybody says, ‘Let’s go defeat ISIS!’The question is, how? And that’s where everybody differs.”

The University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies Director David Bercuson is more blunt.

“No one has a plan that’s viable,” he said.

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Whose boots on which ground?

Chances are ISIS won’t be defeated through airstrikes alone. Done judiciously they probably wouldn’tbe thorough enough; done thoroughly the civilian casualties would be unconscionable.

“At some point, someone will need to go in and clear the areas under ISIScontrol,” said Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University’s Resilience Research Centre.

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But whose troops should be tasked with taking out a sophisticated terror network that controlscities, territories, oil fields? What should their mandate be?Who should help them?

One major problem is that disparate actors have divergent motivations. Just getting the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran (and its Lebanon-based proxy, Hezbollah), Iraq, the United Arab Emirates to agree on a framework, let alone to act on it in concert, would be a herculean task.

“National interests trump everything else,” Bokhari said.

Maybe it’s Turkey.

Maybe it’s some combination of Kurdish Pesh Merga and Syrian rebel forces, although Bokhari’s skeptical as to whether any of the latter are legitimately “moderate.”

In all likelihood it would mean the U.S. and others admit they’re going to have to live with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad —; a man who, human rights groups say, has gassed, barrel-bombed and starved his own people and has the blood of tens of thousands of civilians on his hands. A man Obama and others thought was on his way out four years ago.

“We could end up with the status quote we had in 2011,”Amarasingam said.

Can Canada pull out?

Trudeau has been adamant he plans to end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq by March.

Amarasingam isn’t so sure.

“I don’t think Trudeau will be able to pull out entirely,” he said.

“And if he does, I don’t know if it’s a smart thing to do. I don’t think what Syria needs now is disengagement.”

Even if Canada does end its bombing participation, said the RAND Corporation’s Linda Robinson, they’ll likely have plenty to do in other spheres —; perhaps most critically in aiding whatever ground forces eventually go after ISIS.

“The U.S.will miss Canada’s role in that airstrike kinetic fight but it will welcome anything,” she said.

“I think Canada has a huge competence in theseother arenas.”

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‘They have laid a trap’

Friday’s bloodshed in Paris, Thursday’s bombing in Beirut and the previous week’s ISIS-instigated downing of a Russian jet all come as ISIS suffers military losses in both Syria and Iraq —; the latter thanks in part to the bombing mission Canada’s vowed to end.

That’s no accident, Robinson said.

“[ISIS]has shown a very clear pattern:When attacked in one place, they pivot and launch another attack elsewhere,” she said.

“I think we have really crossed a rubicon with the attack inParis.”

And it’s tricky for global response not to play right into ISIS’s hands.

“The greater the hostility toward Muslims in Europe and the deeper the West becomes involved in military action in the Middle East, the closer ISIS comes to its goal of creating and managing chaos,” Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid wrote Monday in the New York Review of Books.

“ISIS is taking advantage of Europe’s refugee crisis, and encouraging hostility and suspicion toward those legitimately seeking refuge in order to further drive a wedge between Muslims and European non-Muslims.”

Paris is a good place to do it: In addition to the City of Light, France is home to one of Europe’s largest Muslim populations.

But it’s also been bad at integrating them fully:They disproportionately populate the poorer banlieues around Paris; they figure disproportionately in France’s incarcerated population.

Disaffected young people, French by birthand citizenship but culturally segregated, have proven a fertile recruiting ground for ISIS and its ilk.

While many —; including Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and a host of U.S. governors —; cited the Paris attacks as reason to cancel or delay plans to resettle Syrian refugees, the people positively identified as perpetrators of Friday’s carnage have all been born in Europe. Same goes for the people behind the Charlie Hebdo killings and the 2005 Madrid bombing.

“ISIS insidiously struck Paris.They knew exactly what they were doing,” Bokhari said.

“They gamed this thing out very shrewdly and in a very sinister way.”

Friday’s attacks have emboldenedright-wing nationalists in France and elsewhere and have pressured left-leaning French President Francois Hollande to appear tough on terrorists.

“That’s exactly what ISISwants: You crack down on your Muslim communities in France and elsewhere in Europe.That creates more problems: It reinforces the conspiracy theory among Muslims that the West is out to getthem,” he said.

“They have laid a trap.”

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The battle for hearts and minds at home

It was clear on Monday just how well that trap had been laid, as politicians in both Canada and the United States suggested delaying or cancelling plans to resettle Syrian refugees, and Obama found himself having to denounce a suggestion from a U.S. presidential candidate that the country conduct a “religion test” to ensure any refugees it accepts are Christians.

“There has to be a consensus that, look, we’re not fighting Islam. We’re not fighting Muslims. We are fighting something that is perverting Islam,” Bokhari said.

He thinks that will be easier in North America than in Europe, where ethno-nationalism tends to be stronger.

“Thetrick in terms of making sure the bad guys stay out … really that will work only if we can not alienate our Muslim citizens.”

Much of the challenge for Canada and its allies, saidAmarasingam, will be in working with communities to give young people in search of religious-political activism a healthier outlet.

“They need to empower communities at a very local level to work with these youth religiously,in the family, socially,” he said.

The RCMP has been mandated to do precisely this. Itdidn’t return requests from Global News Monday for comment.

And yes,Amarasingam says, that may mean discussing “jihad” —; a religious term co-opted by terrorists.

“To have more honest discussions about what’simportant to them, that can be part of the solution.”

As for refugees, no one would fault Canada or the U.S. for only taking in as many people as they can integrate, Bokhari said.

But keeping out refugees out of fear they’re terrorists?

“Then we’re basically handing victory to ISIS,” he said.

“They did this to affect the whole debate on refugees.”

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‘Way better than I thought’: Edmonton Oiler Connor McDavid updates condition

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid won’t say if it was clean hockey or a dirty play that cracked his clavicle and disjointed his season.

The injury sparked heated debate among hockey fans and analysts over whether the Flyer defenders grabbed McDavid on the way down or gave him an extra shove into the boards.

“I don’t really want to touch too much on that comment. I know there’s been a little bit of a debate on whether or not, so I’m not going to touch too much on that,” said McDavid on Monday.

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Nearly two weeks after suffering the injury the Edmonton Oilers phenom said he’s feeling better than expected.

“I feel really good. I think it’s definitely way better than I thought it was going to be at this point,” said McDavid.

The Oilers have said the 18-year-old rookie would be out of the lineup for months.

The injury happened during Edmonton’s Nov. 2 game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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With the Flyers leading 2-1 and 1:44 remaining in the second period, McDavid had a partial short-handed breakaway but fell awkwardly and was ridden hard into the boards by Philadelphia defencemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning, who also lost their balance on the play.

“Lost a little bit of my footing, so went into the boards with a couple guys,” said McDavid. “I had a lot of weight coming in from behind me, and I guess that’s all it takes.”

The Oilers’ young star said he knew immediately he had suffered an injury.

“You could definitely feel that something wasn’t right.”

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McDavid didn’t have an update about when he will return to the lineup.

“The main part is getting back to 100 per cent. I guess if there is any positive to it is that it’s a bone and that can heal,” said the 2015 first overall pick. “It’s not like it’s a separated shoulder or torn labrum.”

He said he has plates and screws to help repair the bone and that there is no damage to the shoulder or elbow.

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A Canadian in Paris picks up the pieces after attacks

PARIS — It’s too soon for Canadian Julia Colucci to return to Rue Bichat, a street lined with brasseries and bars she used to frequent.

Colucci, a 23-year-old Toronto native whose spent about six years studying in Paris, lives just around the corner from the intersection where at least 10 people were gunned down — one in a handful of attacks that shook Paris Friday night.

“These are places I’ve been to a lot and I don’t want it all to have to be true, that this happened in my neighbourhood. It feels very invasive,” Colucci told Global News.

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On Friday, three teams of ISIS attackers targeted a national stadium, a rock concert and four nightspots with gunfire and suicide bombs. At least 129 people were killed and another 350 were wounded.

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Colucci was on Rue Bichat — the streets that house two restaurants that were peppered with gunshots — hours before. While at home, she heard the roar of gunfire, followed by piercing screams.

“We weren’t really sure what it was,” Colucci said. A journalist friend texted her shortly after, advising her to stay indoors — a mass shooting occurred just outside her apartment.

Colucci and her friends guessed that it was gang-related, or a robbery gone wrong. When they looked online, they realized the shooting was one in a string of targeted attacks.

She calls Saturday, “the worst day.”

“We realized the weight of what had happened. Everyone knew it was a terrorist attack and that’s when everything started to sink in,” she explained.

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Place de la Republique — where thousands of locals gathered to hold candlelight vigils following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo last January — was “fragile,” she says.

By Sunday evening, as hundreds gathered at the square, what sounded like gunshots caused crowds to flee, stepping on candles, flowers and messages along the way. It was a false alarm.

“It’s so beautiful to have a mass gathering, but then to see everyone run for their lives at seemingly nothing is illustrative of a city that is so strong but still so fragile and can quickly shatter,” Colucci said.

“We want to be strong, no one wants to succumb to the fear they want us to feel, but we are all secretly shaking inside,” she said.

Guillaime De Langre, a 24-year-old Parisian, says that the French are raised according to the country’s motto: “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” or freedom, equality and brotherhood.

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He suggests the attacks on French cafes, as locals sat on patios, is symbolic. The French terrace is where people convene, over coffee, lunch or drinks after work.

“Everyone knows so much of daily life involves getting a coffee and sitting on a terrace. It’s highly symbolic that they attacked here, it’s our liberty and our freedom and enjoying life for what it is,” he said.

READ MORE: Global News reporter’s account of Paris attacks

Last weekend was chilling for De Langre. The streets weren’t bustling and the subway was empty.

“The whole city felt just silent, I’ve never seen Paris like this,” he explained.

But from it came unity. It’s the first time in months that De Langre says he struck up a conversation with the people next to him. His neighbours looked him in the eye instead of shuffling by while staring at their phones or at their feet.

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“We’re not a very optimistic group of people, and we so often forget about what we have,” he said.

“It’s in these moments that we feel together again. We feel patriotic,” he explained.

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Paris attacks: What happened inside Bataclan concert hall?

Dozens of people died inside the Bataclan concert hall during Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France when terrorists strapped with explosives and armed with guns stormed the hall and began shooting.

The attack was part of a series of synchronized attacks terrorized Paris Friday evening with most of the carnage occurring inside the popular concert hall. Here’s what we know.

9:40 p.m. local time

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At about 9:40 p.m. local time, police said three men emerged from a black Volkswagen that was parked outside of the Bataclan concert hall. Playing for a packed venue, American rock band, Eagles of Death Metal, were on stage and about a half-hour into their set when the three men entered the building, opening fire.

The attackers, armed with heavy weaponry and fitted with explosives devices, went unnoticed for a short time as they opened fire. Loud music presumably drowned out the initial sounds of gunfire.

Video from inside the Bataclan shows the band stop mid-song as loud gunfire is heard in the background.  The band’s drummer is seen crouching behind his drum kit while others flee the stage.

VIDEO: Footage captures moment gunshots heard at Bataclan, band flees stage

“They were not stopping. Refueling their guns, they were reloading their guns. They were heavily armed.” Julien Pearce, who survived the attack on the concert hall, told NBC News. “What struck me when I looked to one of the terrorists was how young he was.”

Attackers were “calm” and “determined”

Concert goers were seen fleeing the hall, stepping over bodies as they tried to escape through the front entrance.   Witness said the attackers made mentions of Iraq and Syria and shouted “Allahu akbar.”

The three men took close to a hundred people hostage during the two-hour ordeal.

“There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee,” Pierre Janaszak told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

WATCH: Concert-goers escape from the Bataclan after gunmen attack the concert hall.

Pearce described the attackers as “calm” and “determined” as they sprayed bullets into the panicked crowed.

Video shows the desperation of the concert goers as several people are seen hanging from second-floor windows, trying to flee the concert hall.

“They are hiding in some kind of room in the dark and they text(ed) me, and they are very afraid, of course, and they are waiting for the police to intervene, but it’s been over two hours now and this is terrible,” Pearce recalled.

Police storm concert hall

Heavily armed officers stormed the Bataclan just before midnight. Paris officials said an officer shot one of the gunmen and the attacker’s suicide vest detonated.  The other two attackers self-detonated their explosive devices.

WATCH: French security forces raid the Bataclan

“I heard them trying to negotiate with the police out the window,” Janaszak told AFP. “I clearly heard them say to the hostages, ‘It’s Hollande’s fault, it’s your president’s fault, he doesn’t have to intervene in Syria.’”

“Then we heard shooting when the police intervened. There was shooting in all directions, there were more explosions.”

At 12:20 a.m. the siege was over.


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