With at least 127 dead and hundreds fighting for their lives, French President Francois Hollande called the Nov. 13 Paris attacks an ‘act of war.’ He vowed that France would be ‘unforgiving’ against ISIS, who have claimed responsibility for the massacre.
President Francois Hollande, 61, of France is keeping the country united in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. The French President called the vicious attacks by ISIS an “act of war” against France. He said France was “disgracefully and violently attacked,” and promised to fight back with fervor.
“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” President Hollande said in a statement on Nov. 14. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”
He also said: “France, because it was foully, disgracefully and violently attacked, will be unforgiving with the barbarians from Daesh.” France would act within the law but with “all the necessary means, and on all terrains, inside and outside, in coordination with our allies, who are, themselves, targeted by this terrorist threat.”
In an earlier statement, President Hollande declared France a “state of emergency” and shut down Paris’ borders. An additional 1,500 soldiers were deployed. The city of Paris was rocked by six separate attacks, spanning from the Bataclan concert hall to a national stadium.
Reports initially believed that up to 153 people were dead, the death toll has now fluctuated to 127 victims, with 300 hospitalized, 80 of them are in critical condition, New York Times reports. The Bataclan concert hall, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing, was the site of the most brutal attack. Killers slaughtered at least 80 people, picking them off one by one. Dozens of other victims were killed at a Cambodian restaurant, outside a crowded bar and outside the State de France.
All eight of the attackers died on Nov. 13, multiple reports claim. Seven attackers died by detonating suicide bombs and one died in a shootout with police at the concert hall. HollywoodLife.com will keep you updated on the latest concerning the Paris attacks.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of the Paris attacks.
— Avery Thompson