The horrifying terrorist attacks on Paris today left as many as 100 hostages dead, with at least another 100 held hostage.
Thankfully, those hostages have been released by police.
The terrorists launched coordinated attacks at six different high profile locations in Paris, including the Louvre art gallery, the Pompidou Center, and the Les Halles shopping center.
One explosion outside the stadium hosting a France-Germany soccer match is believed to be a suicide bombing.
Now, France is responding to the terrorism in a significant way.
French President Francois Hollande, who was rushed from the soccer match at the stadium, called the attacks “unprecedented” and said, “this is a horror.”
He also said: “Faced with terror, this is a nation that knows how to defend itself, how to mobilize its forces and once again, knows how to overcome the terrorists.”
Hollande declared a national state of emergency and said that France’s borders are now closed.
He also has deployed the French military to various locations in Paris.
France faced terrorist attacks this past January with the targeting of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had caricatured the Prophet Muhammed, as well as a kosher grocery.
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have both spoken publicly about the attacks, offering their support.
Obama said that it was an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
Cameron stated: “I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”
No terrorist group has yet taken responsibility, although ISIS supporters on Twitter have been rejoicing over the attacks.
According to Philip Crowther, Washington correspondent for France 24, residents are inviting people off the streets to come into their apartments, heeding Hollande’s direction for people to stay indoors.
What do you think of the French response to the tragic terrorist attacks?