Terror returned to Paris for the second time in a year Friday night when at least 127 people died in a series of brutal terrorist attacks at various locations around the city. The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attacks early Saturday, praising them as “miracles.” French President François Hollande also blamed ISIS, calling the attacks “an act of war” and vowing to retaliate against the group, reports time.com.
Hollande blamed ISIS for what he termed an “act of war,” by the militant group. He said the attacks were “organized and planned from outside,” and declared three days of national mourning.
“It is an act of war prepared and planned outside, with complicity from within the country,” he said. “It is an act of absolute barbarism. France will be ruthless in its response.”
The French President had earlier declared a state of emergency and announced he would reinstate “systematic border checks” on all modes of transport in and out of the country. In a televised address, he urged citizens to remain calm, even as Paris went on lockdown. “France needs to be strong and the state needs to be strong,” he said. “What the terrorists want is for us to be scared. There are things to be scared about. But in the face of terror we have to be united and we will defeat these terrorists.”
Later, he went to visit the Bataclan theater, where at least 100 people were killed, and thanked the first responders, while promising vengeance on whoever orchestrated the attacks. “We will lead the fight,” he said. “It will be merciless. When terrorists are capable of such atrocities, they must be certain that they will face a France united and determined.”
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