Attacks in Paris: Francois Hollande announces state of emergency and the closure of borders

This is clearly assigned who took President speech from the Elysee a few minutes before midnight. Hollande announced this Friday, November 13 the Council of Ministers to meet in exceptional midnight following the attacks in Paris in the evening would decree a state of emergency “throughout the country”. He also announced the immediate restoration of border controls.

“This is a horror”

“This is horrible,” responded Francois Hollande, broken voice. “Unprecedented attacks are underway, dozens of killed, many injured (…) We have mobilized all forces possible for there to neutralize terrorists and making safe of the neighborhoods. I requested military reinforcements to the Paris area “, he has developed. “What the terrorists want is to seize us with fear, scare us. There, facing fear, a nation that will defeat the terrorists,” again said the head of the state.

At 1:30 am, a statement from the Elysee Realizing the Special Council of Ministers came specify the measures taken by the executive: “A decree declaring a state of emergency was adopted. It takes effect immediately throughout the metropolitan territory and in Corsica. It allows to forbid the movement of people and to institute protection and security zones. ”

Temporary closing of theaters

Moreover, the statement said, “a second decree was also adopted to implement enhanced measures in all towns of the Ile-de- France. These provisions allow the arrest of any person whose activity is dangerous, the temporary closure of theaters and meeting rooms, the surrender of weapons and the ability to carry out administrative searches “.

Finally, the Elysée announced three measures:
– “Schools, colleges and schools and universities will be closed this Saturday in Ile-de-France and school trips canceled.”
– “The hospitals were mobilized. White plan was triggered. The cell help victims of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Health, in collaboration with the Prefecture of Police, was activated.
– “. Already in 1500 additional military were mobilized”

François Hollande visited at night, with Manuel Valls and the Ministers of Interior and Justice, the Bataclan concert hall which hosted the deadliest attack of the evening. A defense council was convened on Saturday at 9:00 and the Head of State has canceled his participation at the G20 Sunday.

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