France’s Hollande visits scene of Paris attackFriday, November 13, 2015 – 01:33French President Francois Hollande visits the scene of an attack in Paris, one of several that killed more than 120 people. Yiming Woo reports.
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French President Francois Hollande stands near the Bataclan music hall in Paris, where gunmen killed nearly 100 people. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING:
“I wanted to be here to measure the scale of this tragedy, this abomination committed in a number of places across the capital by savages who had a desire to kill, to kill the largest number of people possible.”
The victims were attending a rock concert, when the gunmen opened fire. Anti-terrorist commandos eventually launched an assault on the building, killing the attackers, and rescued dozens of survivors. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING:
“We wanted to be there among those who saw these awful things, to say that we are going to fight, and that this fight will be merciless. Because when terrorists are capable of such atrocities they should know that they’ll be faced with a France that’s determined, a France that’s united, a France which stands together, a France which will not be intimidated, even if today we’re infinitely moved by this tragedy.”
Officials say some 40 other people were killed in up to five other attacks in the Paris region, in what’s being called an unprecedented terrorist attack. Hollande has declared a nationwide state of emergency and announced the closure of France’s borders to stop those behind the attack escaping.