Parisians React To Horrific Attacks

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Security forces and first responders flood the streets after attacks at a bar on Rue De Charonne on November 13.
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As many as 100 people are feared dead and many more are injured after a series of attacks in Paris on Friday night. The attacks included bombings and shootings at a nightclub, a soccer match, a Cambodian restaurant, and a shopping mall.

Parisians have been offering shelter to those stranded in the streets after the attacks by using the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which means "open door."

Parisians around the city have sheltered in place after French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in the city. Hollande also closed the nation's borders on Friday night. In a brief televised statement, the president said it is "a terrible, terrible event that is upon us."

Refinery29 spoke to young Parisians who have been sheltering in place after the attacks. For their safety, we have chosen not to reveal their locations.

"I heard the last explosions from my window. The phones are ringing, people are screaming and talking very loudly. That's crazy, and I'm fucking alone," Jules Borie, a 25-year-old who works at a record label, told Refinery29.

Like death had spread its wings, everyone had the same ghastly face.

Noah Fayçal
"Like death had spread its wings, everyone had the same ghastly face," said Noah Fayçal, a 30-year-old fashion assistant, describing the streets of Paris as he tried to make his way home.

"I'm at work in a bar on the canal, and all the windows are boarded up, and [we] and all the clients are smoking inside and getting drunk and generally scared to leave," Monique Tatina, a 24-year-old student, said.

"Everyone who is concerned about me, I am safe! I'm not home yet, but I'm safe! Thank you so much for your concern and prayers. Paris is reeling," student Maryam Cumberbatch told Refinery29.

Many other people in Paris have taken to Twitter to alert friends and family members that they are safe, as well as to offer shelter to others.
"I'm with two Spanish exchange students who are roofless. Is there anyone with an open door for them near Châtelet who can help?" one person wrote on Twitter.

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