Peace Be Upon Paris

Image: Shepard4711, flickr
Image: Shepard4711, flickr

Yesterday, at least 120 people died in Paris in the largest-scale European terror attacks since the 2004 Madrid train bombing. French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency, closed the borders, and shut down the Métro, while police and City Hall recommended people stay inside. French special forces freed concert-goers who had been held hostage in one of several simultaneous gun and suicide bomb attacks. Some witnesses heard the gunmen shout, “This is for Syria.” The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility. France has been on heightened alert since joining American-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria in late September. Now its capital — previously synonymous with romance — remains under curfew for the first time since World War II, has 1,500 extra troops guard buildings including schools, and the Eiffel Tower is closed indefinitely… 

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