France Closes Borders, Dispatches Military To The Streets

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Guy Bentley Research Associate, Reason Foundation
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French President Francois Hollande has announced that his country’s borders have been closed and the military has been dispatched to the streets.

In an address to the nation, Hollande declared a state of emergency and said the army is being deployed in and around Paris. He called the attacks taking place in Paris, which have so far left 158 dead a “horror.”

The state of emergency means French authorities can enter private homes and control the press, reported Fox News.

He added that French security forces are assaulting a site in Paris. This is the first time France has declared a state of emergency since the Algerian war, which took place between 1954 and 1962. It is also the first time a curfew has been imposed since the dark days of world war two in 1944.

French media is reporting that 158 people have been killed after multiple shootings with automatic weapons and shotguns Kalashnikov and three explosions close to the Stade de France.

Police have regained control of what was a hostage situation at the Bataclan Arts Center. Twelve hostages were freed after three gunmen were killed in a raid, and at least 118 are reported dead at the theater.

The attack took place while France and Germany’s soccer teams were playing a friendly match at the Stade de France. President Francois Hollande who was inside the stadium at the time of the explosions has since been evacuated to the Interior Ministry.

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