‘An act of war’ – Politico

French president Francois Hollande speaks in Paris, France, 14 November 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late 13 November 2015, which left more than 120 people dead. Hollande blamed the Islamic State group for the attacks in Paris that left at least 128 dead, calling them an 'act of war'.

French president Francois Hollande speaks in Paris, France, 14 November 2015, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late 13 November 2015, which left more than 120 people dead. Hollande blamed the Islamic State group for the attacks in Paris that left at least 128 dead, calling them an ‘act of war’.

Hollande blames ISIL for terrorist attacks in Paris that left over 100 dead.

PARIS — French President François Hollande called a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last night “an act of war,” saying the Syria-based militant group ISIL was behind them.

Scores of people were killed in the French capital on Friday night after gunmen opened fire in multiple locations with Kalashnikov assault rifles and set off explosions, in the worst terrorist attack in France’s history. The official death toll stands at 128, with nearly 100 more people seriously injured.

“This is an act of war,” Hollande said on his way out of a specially convened session of France’s Defense Council. “An act committed by a terrorist army, Daesh, against France, our values, who we are, a free country that speaks to the entire planet.”

Daesh is a loose Arabic acronym referring to ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Socialist leader also decreed three days of national mourning and called on the French to keep their calm and show unity in the face of an unprecedented threat. Late Friday, in a live TV address shortly after the attacks, he announced a national state of emergency and closed French borders.

Police reported that eight attackers had been killed, including seven after detonating suicide devices, although information was still lacking as to their identity or motivations. It is the first time that suicide terrorist attacks had taken place on French soil. 

Several witnesses said a car belonging to the attackers had Belgian license plates.

While the names and nationalities of the attackers identity remained unknown as of Saturday afternoon, one couple at the Bataclan told Le Figaro daily they had seen four attackers all wearing heavy jackets who appeared to be in their twenties. A witness said the gunmen had a “Middle Eastern” appearance but spoke accentless French.

The woman, named only as Celia, 43, said the gunmen reloaded their weapons frequently and fired “without stopping.”

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