Paris to close public facilities after attacks


Paris authorities announced the closure of many public facilities Saturday following a series of terrorist attacks the previous evening.

“Schools, museums, libraries, gyms, swimming pools and food markets” will all remain shut, the city said on its Twitter account.

Hospitals in the capital city have set the so-called “White Plan” in motion, a state of emergency for all emergency services and public health facilities, Le Monde newspaper reported.

The Education Ministry announced on social media that all school trips this weekend had been cancelled. All university facilities in the Paris area would also be closed on Saturday.

German airlines Lufthansa and Germanwings told dpa that all flights to Paris would run “according to plan” on Saturday.

The Eurostar cross-Channel train service has offered customers who do not wish to travel from London to Paris “free exchanges” for their tickets.

At least 120 people were killed in coordinated terrorist attacks on Paris late Friday.

Another 200 were injured, including 80 seriously, according to a source close the investigation. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on the French capital.

At least 80 were shot dead at the Bataclan concert venue, while attackers also carried out at least one suicide bombing near a sports stadium, several local media reported.

Eight assailants were killed, seven when they detonated their explosive belts, and one when he was shot by officers, police said. The Paris police chief earlier told reporters “all” the attackers died, and a hunt was on for any accomplices.

President Francois Hollande called the attacks “a terrible ordeal” and the government declared a state of emergency, tightened border controls and mobilized 1,500 soldiers.