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deadly shoootings in parisParis has been rocked by a string of deadly attacks, leaving at least 140 people dead and many more wounded. President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for all the latest developments.

At least 140 people are reported to have died in a string of attacks that began Friday evening just after 10 p.m. local time in at least seven locations in and around Paris.

Police have reported three of the hostage takers killed as elite units brought their operation at the Bataclan concert hall to an end.

President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency and ordered national borders closed.

Police have set up a special emergency number to call if you need help: 197.

French television and news services quoted the police as saying around 140 people had been killed at a concert venue where hostages had been taken in a two-hour standoff with the police, and perhaps many more killed in apparently coordinated attacks outside the country’s main sports stadium and at least five other popular locations in the city. But estimates on the total number of dead varied widely in the confusion.

Witnesses on French television said the scene at the concert hall, which can seat as many as 1,500 people, was a massacre. Ambulances were seen racing back and forth in the area into the early hours of Saturday morning.

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