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Timeline Of The Paris Attacks And Aftermath

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Friday, Nov. 13

  • 9:20 p.m. local time: The first of three bombs detonates during a France-Germany soccer match at Stade de France. More explosions occur at 9:30 p.m. and 9:53 p.m. Suicide bombers carried out all three attacks. The bombs were targeted at spectators, but the bombers were late to the game. After French President François Hollande is informed of the explosions, he is quickly evacuated from the venue.
  • 9:25 p.m.:  Gunmen armed with high-powered Kalashnikov rifles open fire at two restaurants in the city's 10th Arrondissement, Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge. Fifteen people are killed.
  • 9:32 p.m.: Five people are killed when a gunman attacks La Bonne Bière, a bar in the 11th Arrondissement.
  • 9:36 p.m.:  Near La Bonne Bière, another gunman opens fire at La Belle Equipe, killing 19 people.
  • 9:40 p.m.:  A suicide bomber detonates a bomb at Comptoir Voltaire, a cafe, seriously injuring one person.
  • 9:40 p.m.:  At Bataclan, a concert venue, three attackers open fire during a crowded Eagles of Death Metal concert. They round up audience members and hold them hostage, then methodically shoot them. Eighty-nine people are killed.  Later that evening, French police raid the venue, killing one of the terrorists. The other two killed themselves with suicide bombs.
  • 11:55 p.m.: Hollande shuts down the country's borders, declares a state of emergency and institutes the first mandatory curfew since World War II.

 Saturday, Nov. 14

  • The Islamic State takes responsibility for the attacks, issuing a statement saying the motive was "to teach France, and all nations following its path, that they will remain at the top of Islamic State's list of targets, and that the smell of death won't leave their noses as long as they partake in their crusader campaign."
  • The rock groups U2, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters cancel upcoming concerts in Paris for safety reasons and out of respect for victims. 
  • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces that the United Nations climate change talks in Paris, scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, will go on as planned, calling them "an essential meeting for humanity." Both U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated that they will attend the talks.

Sunday, Nov. 15

  • French officials coordinate a massive manhunt for a possible eighth assailant.
  • White House officials say there is "no specific, credible threat" to the United States, but warn of the potential for attacks on American soil and in Europe. They confirm that the Paris attacks were likely carried out by ISIS.
  • At Place de la République, a popular public square in Paris, people panic and flee after false reports of gunshots, which turn out to be firecrackers.
  • French military forces launch airstrikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, where ISIS is centered.
  • Paris' famed Notre Dame cathedral, which had been closed since the attacks, reopens to hold a memorial service for victims.

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