Of course, because France is a “gun-free” zone, its citizens are left defenseless when an attack like this happens.
Paris has been gripped by terror after three terror attacks in the heart of the city left at least 26 dead tonight.
There was a shootout at a restaurant on the Rue Bichat, two explosions near the Stade de France sports stadium and another shooting at the Paris Bataclan concert hall tonight
There was a shootout inside a restaurant on the Rue Bichat, two explosions near the Stade de France sports stadium and another shooting at the Paris Bataclan concert hall where terrorists are said to be holding 60 people hostage.
Machine gun fire and screams were heard from inside a restaurant close to the Rue Bichat (pictured)
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It is thought that at least eleven died in the restaurant, close to where the Charlie Hebdo shootings occurred in January, while gunfire was also heard in other bars around the French capital.
As anti-terrorist police flooded the area, an officer on the scene warned ‘the gunman is suspected to be still on the loose. People should leave the area’.
Police and other emergency services are at the scene, which is close to where the Charlie Hebdo attack happened in January.
Several people were killed in the restaurant shooting in the 10th arrondissement, BFM Television said.
Images posted online showed the cracked windows of what appeared to be the restaurant under attack.
Dozens of people were standing outside their cars on the junction opposite and the lights of polie cars could be seen above them.
Eyewitness Ben Grant, who was in a nearby bar with his wife at the time, said he saw six or seven bodies on the ground.
He told the BBC: ‘I was told people in cars had opened fire on the bar. There are lots of dead people. It’s pretty horrific to be honest.
‘I was at the back of the bar. I couldn’t see anything. I heard gunshots. People dropped to the ground. We put a table over our heads to protect us. We were held up in the bar because there was a pile of bodies in front of us.’
Emilioi Macchio from Italy was at a bar close to where the restaurant shooting took place, and said it ‘sounded like fireworks’.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named.
The restaurant targeted Friday, Le Carillon, is in the same general neighborhood as the Charlie Hebdo offices.
France has been on edge since ISIS extremists launched a bloody attack on the satirical newspaper and a kosher grocery that left 20 people – including the three attackers – dead.
The attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left 13 dead when two Paris born terrorists slaughtered its cartoonists and general staff members.
Four Jewish shoppers were also murdered in the same set of attacks inside a Kosher supermarket in nearby Vincennes.
The French capital has been on a high state of alert ever since, with security services warning that another attack was always likely. Via: UK Daily Mail