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Paris anti-terror raid live

  • President Hollande is now speaking about the refugee crisis, saying that people should show solidarity with asylum seekers and not turn away from them because of the Paris attacks.
    11/18/2015 12:35:29 PM
  • "We are all French and proud to be French," President Hollande says. "France will remain a country of freedom, of movement, of culture - an active, bold, dynamic country that does not give into fear.
    "Life must start again fully."
    He talks of France's gastronomic culture and bars and restaurants, music and sporting events and village fairs.
    11/18/2015 12:37:06 PM
  • Francois Hollande:
    France must remain itself. Our duty is to carry on with life"

    11/18/2015 12:37:31 PM
  • "Long live the Republic and long live France," the President concludes. Thousand of mayors all wearing sashes in the colours of the French flags are giving a standing ovation. They go on to sing the national anthem.
    11/18/2015 12:39:06 PM
  • Hollande applaudi par les maires sui entonnent la Marseillaise #AMF http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUGDdaIXIAAxCPn.jpg

  • So a positive message there from President Francois Hollande, saying that although France still mourns, life must still be lived to its fullest to show terrorists that they have not succeeded in taking France's liberty or crushing its spirit.
    It echoes the mood of a lot of French social media in the last couple of days, where people have been sharing photos of themselves at bars, bistros and restaurants like the ones targeted on Friday night.
    11/18/2015 12:43:50 PM
  • [En direct] La Marseillaise chantée par @fhollande et l'audience présente au congrès des maires snpy.tv/1QMmTSu

  • The people of Paris have a message for Isis

    The IndependentFrench people are defying the terror Isis attempted to wreak in their capital by returning to cafes, bars and bistros like the ones targeted in Friday’s attacks. Diners are sharing photos of themselves smiling, eating and drinking with friends on social media with hashtags including #JeSuisEnTerrasse #TousAuBistrot and #OccupyTerrasse.
    11/18/2015 12:44:38 PM
  • A terminal of Copenhagen Airport has been evacuated due to a terror alert reportedly sparked by a suspicious bag, Adam Withnall writes.

    Terminal 3 and the airport’s metro station were closed off, while flights were moved to other terminals.

    Read the full story here

    11/18/2015 12:45:52 PM
  • Police cordons have reportedly been relaxed in Saint-Denis and residents are moving around again. A lot of police still remain in the area but operations seem to be largely over.
    There is still no confirmation that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, was killed in the operation.
    Intelligence suggested that he was in the apartment, which is a sensational development following assumptions that he was with Isis in Syria.
    11/18/2015 12:50:26 PM
  • Isis supporters have released another video on the Paris attacks in French. Three French-speaking militants sing and speak over footage of Friday's attacks before threatening further violence.

    It says the attacks were carried out "in revenge for the suffering of Muslims at French hands". 


    11/18/2015 12:54:48 PM
  • Paris officials had intelligence 'mastermind' Abaaoud was at St-Dernis flat

    The IndependentPolice in Paris had solid intelligence suggesting the "mastermind" of Friday night's shootings was hiding out in a flat in Saint-Dernis, the city's prosecutor has said. Francois Molins told a press conference after the siege in northern Paris ended that he could not confirm whether or not Abdelhamid Abaaoud was indeed found inside the apartment. He said information from tapped telephone conversations, surveillance and witness accounts led police to raid the apartment, during which seven people were arrested and two suspects killed.
    11/18/2015 12:59:48 PM
  • The hashtag #JeSuisChien is trending on Twitter in France following news of the death of police dog Diesel, who was shot dead by terror suspects during this morning's police operation in Saint-Denis.
    11/18/2015 1:13:14 PM
  • Le Monde reports that searches allowed under the current state of emergency are happening at an air hub in Roissy.

    11/18/2015 1:18:19 PM
  • Isis releases new video celebrating Paris attacks and threatening more violence

    The IndependentThe Isis militant group has released a new video in the French language, celebrating the Paris attacks and threatening more violence to come.  The footage, released by the Isis-affiliated Furat media arm, shows two French-speaking militants asked how they feel about the attacks that “killed more than 100 people”. It shows footage and pictures of the aftermath of the shootings which have been widely available via the media, including video of a police shoot-out with the attackers and images of the bloody scene at the Bataclan theatre.
    11/18/2015 1:18:31 PM
  • Some more from the French President earlier.
    Mr Hollande said any places where people are "glorifying" terrorism will be shut down.
    A bill to extend France's state of emergency for three months includes a measure that enables authorities to close "any association or gathering" - which notably includes mosques and community groups - that would encourage people to carry out terrorist acts.
    The bill is to be debated by both houses of parliament on Thursday and Friday and is expected to be voted on by the end of the week.
    11/18/2015 1:41:03 PM
  • #JeSuisChien goes viral in honour of police dog who died in terror raid

    The IndependentThe death of a police dog during an operation to “neutralise” terror suspects near Paris has sparked a viral Twitter trend.
    11/18/2015 1:53:05 PM
  • Spanish authorities have been alerted to look for Salah Abdeslam, possibly in a Citroen Xsara car.
    11/18/2015 1:55:42 PM
  • French authorities have sent out the bulletin to police across Europe asking them to remain vigilant for the fugitive. It was sent by Spanish authorities to border control police in the north-eastern Catalonia region next to France.
    11/18/2015 1:56:50 PM
  • Turkish have detained eight people at Istanbul's main airport who they suspect could be Isis militants planning to make their way to Germany, posing as refugees. 

    The Anadolu Agency reports that they arrived from Casablanca, Morocco, and were interviewed at Ataturk Airport. One of the suspects allegedly had a hand-drawn picture of a planned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary. 

    Anadolu said the eight claimed to be tourists visiting Istanbul but a hotel said they did not have the reservations they claimed.
    11/18/2015 2:02:02 PM
  • French authorities have now identified all 129 people killed in the Paris attacks

    The IndependentFrench authorities today announced that all of the 129 people killed in Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris have been identified. In a statement, released after Wednesday's government cabinet meeting, authorities said around 100 families have come to see and identify the bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the attack.
    11/18/2015 2:02:26 PM
  • A backlash against Muslims has been reported across Europe in the wake of the Paris attacks.
    Chris Hemmings has written about his conversation with one Muslim taxi driver in London who feels his community is being alienated by the current debate around Islam.
    What am I supposed to tell my son?  He's only ten.  Every time I turn the news on, people are talking about Islam, about Muslims, about the religion I'm bringing him up to love.


    11/18/2015 2:14:45 PM
  • Police release new alert for Paris attacks suspect on the run

    The IndependentSalah Abdeslam, a Paris attacks suspect who has been on the run since Friday, could be fleeing through Europe in a Citroen Xsara. French authorities have released a new alert to forces across the continent asking them to remain vigilant for the car, registration AE-113-SY, which may be carrying the fugitive.
    11/18/2015 2:44:21 PM
  • Earlier reports by Reuters that the terror cell targeted in Saint-Denis was planning further attacks in Paris' La Defense business district have been corroborated by another police source speaking to RTL radio.
    Authorities have not publicly confirmed the claims.
    11/18/2015 2:55:15 PM
  • David Cameron says he would bomb Isis in Syria even without a UN mandate

    The IndependentDavid Cameron has said he is willing to launch air strikes against Isis in Syria without the backing of the United Nation’s Security Council.  He said a UN mandate was “always preferable” but insisted the UK could not "outsource to Russian veto the decisions that we need to keep our country safe". He said he was also prepared to defy public opinion to bomb targets in Syria. 
    11/18/2015 2:58:52 PM
  • One of the Royal Navy's most advanced warships will support a French aircraft carrier as it deploys to the Gulf to fight Isis.

    Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says the HMS Defender will provide cover for France's Charles de Gaulle carrier, which has left Toulon to help French operations.

    The ship, with 230 crew, is on a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. The Royal Navy says it can defend a group of ships against attack from the air, either by aircraft or missiles.
    11/18/2015 3:01:52 PM
  • In the latest issue of its Dabiq propaganda magazine, Isis has claimed to reveal how it brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai peninsula just over a fortnight ago.
    Photos show what appears to be a home-made bomb that was planted on Metrojet flight 9268.
    11/18/2015 3:19:07 PM
  • The latest issue of Dabiq leads on the Paris attacks

    11/18/2015 3:25:06 PM
  • The magazine leads on the Paris attacks, in which it claims "eight knights brought Paris down on its knees, after years of French conceit in in the face of Islam".
    11/18/2015 3:26:42 PM
  • Isis' magazine also claimed it had killed Norwegian and Chinese captives after earlier demanding ransoms for the two men. 

    Dabiq included two images of the men, saying they had been "executed after being abandoned by kafir nations and organizations." In the images, they appeared to have both been shot dead.

    The group had earlier identified the Norwegian man as Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Oslo, and the Chinese man as Fan Jinghui, 50, a freelance consultant from Beijing. 

    The Chinese and Norwegian governments have not confirmed the claims.
    11/18/2015 3:43:08 PM
  • Isis is threatening to carry out more terror attacks in France

    The IndependentIsis has praised “eight knights” for carrying out the Paris attacks and claimed the massacres that killed 129 people in France were “only the beginning of the nightmare”. The twelfth issue of the group’s Dabiq propaganda magazine was headlined “Just Terror”, with a front cover photo showing victims of the shootings in the French capital being taken to hospital. Isis claimed that the massacres, and the downing of a Russian passenger plane, were revenge for air strikes against its militants in Iraq and Syria.
    11/18/2015 4:14:13 PM
  • Eagles of Death Metal, whose gig was targeted at the Bataclan, have released their first statement on the attack.
    They say that while everyone in the band is safe, they are "horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France".
    The band paid tribute to Nick Alexanderthe only British victim of the attack who was selling their merchandise, murdered record company staff and everyone affected by the attacks.
    Its statement concludes:
    Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.

    11/18/2015 4:21:55 PM
  • While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

    Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

    We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

    All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

    Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.
    Timeline Photos
  • Austrian alt-rock duo White Miles, who supported Eagles of Death Metal, have also issued a statement to fans, Chris Hooton writes.

    They confirmed they are in good health but were mourning their merchandise seller, Nick Alexander. They also said another friend of the band was shot yet was on the way to recovery.

    Read the full story here

    11/18/2015 4:27:04 PM
  • Eagles of Death Metal issue touching statement after Paris attacks

    The IndependentThe US band playing when armed gunmen stormed a concert hall in Paris killing 89 people have thanking the authorities and paying tribute to those lost in the attack. Eagles for Death Metal, a 70s rock band, were on stage when three individuals stormed the building in the 11th arrondissement in the French capital. Survivors have recounted how the terrorists opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd, shooting mercilessly into the panicked crowd before the building was stormed by French police and the three detonated suicide belts, killing themselves and innocent theatre goers.
    11/18/2015 4:30:05 PM
  • The Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) has said it is "incredibly concerned" about anti-Muslim hate crimes and the scapegoating of refugees following the Paris attacks.

    The director, Chris Doyle, said Isis recruiters will seize on a chance to radicalise young Muslims by playing on the current climate. 

    The best antidote to ISIS and Al-Qaeda is our unity and our values. Ditch either of these and they start to win. Stand firm and these merchants of death have no chance.

    11/18/2015 4:37:49 PM
  • Lord Dannett: we will be bombing Syria by Christmas and it's the correct thing to do.
  • Here's what you should do if you're caught up in a Paris-style terror attack

    The IndependentThe Government has released advice on what people should do in the event that they are caught up in a Paris-style gunman attack. The instructions, from the National Counter Terrorism Policing Security Office, suggest anyone caught up in such an incident should try to “escape if you can” – and if this is not possible, to hide. People who find themselves hiding are advised to put their mobile phones on silent and stay away from doors in case bullets are shot through them.
    11/18/2015 4:40:49 PM
  • BFMTV have named the female suicide bomber who blew herself up during the raid as 'Hasna' and claimed she was Abaaoud's cousin.
    She was reportedly 26 years old.
    11/18/2015 4:53:39 PM
  • Man 'shot through window by stray bullet' in Paris attacks found dead in flat

    The IndependentA 52-year-old man killed when a bullet coincidentally flew through his open window during the Paris attacks has been named among the victims. Stephane Hache, 52, lived in a small flat overlooking the Bataclan concert hall where Isis jihadist killed almost 90 of their victims, Ouest France reported. The newspaper said his body was found over the weekend, at least day after the attacks on Friday night.
    11/18/2015 5:03:46 PM
  • Paris attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in police raid, says French envoy to India Francois Richier india.com/news/world/par…

  • French media are naming the female suicide bomber who blew herself up during a police raid in Saint-Denis as Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26.
    iTele reports that she was also a jihadist but was French, unlike her Belgian cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is thought to have masterminded the Paris attacks.
    She is thought never to have travelled to Iraq or Syria but offered her services to Isis in France.
    11/18/2015 5:20:07 PM
  • In a resident's video where sounds of the exchange could be heard at 4.30am local time this morning, a police officer is heard shouting: "Where is your boyfriend, where is he?"
    A female voice replies: "He's not my boyfriend" before an explosion and sustained gunfire is heard.
    11/18/2015 5:21:21 PM
  • Mastermind behind Paris terror attacks 'killed'

    The IndependentThe man accused of masterminding the Paris attacks that left almost 130 people dead has reportedly been killed during a pre-dawn raid on a flat in the French capital. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be 27, was thought to have been the focus of a raid on a Paris flat earlier today. Gunfire and seven explosions were heard in the Saint-Denis suburb after police raided a flat at around 4.30am.
    11/18/2015 6:11:18 PM
  • The Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, is giving a press conference in Paris says the terror cell raided today in Saint-Denis were ready to launch new attacks.

    11/18/2015 6:15:26 PM
  • He is talking about the evidence gathered in the evidence so far, including the car and weapons used during the restaurant attack, ammunition, and a photo with a text message to an unknown recipient saying the attack was starting.
    11/18/2015 6:19:53 PM
  • Five of the seven dead attackers have been identified so far, he says.
    11/18/2015 6:20:52 PM
  • Molins said assailants inside the flat fired thousands of rounds at police. 
    11/18/2015 6:25:51 PM
  • The press conference with Molins has now finished. This is a broad overview of what he said:
    • He confirmed eight people, seven men and one woman, had been arrested following the raid on a flat in Paris.
    • While not confirming the Washington Post's claim from two intelligence sources that Abaaoud had been killed in the raid, he did confirm the Isis militant was not among those arrested. 
    • Mr Molins discussed the "war" armory discovered in the flat.
    • He added French authorities had uncovered a second terrorist cell within France and had acted to "neutralise" the threat.
    11/18/2015 6:46:19 PM
  • There are reports of more explosions in the Saint-Denis district in Paris, however, these are believed to be controlled explosions following the raid this morning. 


    11/18/2015 7:18:06 PM
  • An senior Iranian cleric has reportedly claimed the Paris attacks were staged by "western governments" over fears "of growing support for Islam on the Continent"

    The remarks of Ali Saeedi, ayatollah Khamenei's representative in the Revolutionary Guards, were picked up by local media and reported by the Daily Telegraph.
    11/18/2015 7:33:41 PM
  • The French government has said planned marches on the  29th November and 12th December will not go ahead due to safety concerns. 

    In order to avoid additional risks, the government has decided not to authorise climate marches planned in public places in Paris and other French cities on Nov. 29 and Dec. 12," the statement said.

    Authorities added that not all demonstrations would be banned, Reuters reported. 

    The marches - which organisers hoped would attract as many as 200,000 people - were intended pressure governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
    11/18/2015 8:08:14 PM
  • Britain's former head of counter terrorism has claimed cuts could affect the police's ability to stop terrorism. Robert Quick, head of counter-terrorism from 2008-2009, spoke to the Guardian

    It will make Britain more vulnerable to terrorism. It will damage the police’s ability to counter terrorism if neighbourhood policing is cut. 


    11/18/2015 8:23:27 PM
  • A Jewish teacher has been stabbed by three men in Marseille. 

    The unnamed man, who is not believed to be in a life-threatening condition, was reportedly attacked by three "Isis supporters" according to French media. 



    11/18/2015 8:56:23 PM
  • More details on the Marseille attack from Reuters:

    The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled," Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin told the news agency


    11/18/2015 9:04:48 PM
  • In developments on the background of the men believed to have been involved in the Paris attackers, it is thought two may have owned a bar in Brussels.

    The establishment, according the Wall Street Journal, was owned by Brahim Abdeslam and Salah Abdeslam. The pair allegedly sold the bar a few weeks ago according to public documents.

    But only weeks after its sale, local authorities seemingly closed down the establishment over a police report claiming  “poisonous, narcotic and psychotropic substances” had been trafficked through the building. 
    11/18/2015 9:52:55 PM
  • 50 per cent of the British public would support "boots on the ground" in Syria, following the Paris attacks, the Daily Mail will claim tomorrow. 

    The figure rises to 59 per cent should the action be undertaken alongside other nations, such as the US and France. 


    11/18/2015 10:37:41 PM
  • Meanwhile, in Sweden security officials have raised the country's threat level to 'high'.

    In a press briefing, the head of the security services confirmed authorities were hunting a suspected terrorist. 

    It is the first time the nation's security threat has been raised to 'high', the fourth most serious out of five. Officials also said the escalation was due in part to events in Paris on Friday night. 

    11/18/2015 11:34:26 PM
  • British schools have been advised to cancel all school trips to France in the wake of the terror attacks on Friday.

    The advice, issued by the Foreign Office, shadows that of the French Ministry of Education.

    As part of the national state of emergency, the French Ministry of Education has cancelled all school trips within France by French schools until Sunday.


    11/19/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • In the US, politicians have engaged in an increasinly acrimonious debate over accepting Syrian refugees.

    On Wednesday night, Republicans defied President Obama and laid out plans for additional screening of refugees to the country. 

    The White House quickly threatened a veto,Reuters reported, saying the measure "would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world."



    11/19/2015 12:20:00 AM
  • British Cabinet Minister warned has warned "We are going to war."

    The unnamed minister, quoted by the Daily Telegraph,  reportedly gave the comment as it emerged that as many as 60 per cent of the British population would support action in Syria, according to a poll conducted for the Daily Mail. 

    While the RAF has been involved in air strikes on targets in Iraq, extending the remit has proved controversial. 
    11/19/2015 12:45:00 AM
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