Paris Attacks: David Cameron promises Britain will do “whatever we can to help”

Paris By Night
Paris By Night. Photo by Alexandre Buisse (http://www.alexandrebuisse.org)

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron has said he was shocked and pledged to do “whatever [Britain] can to help” after at least 40 people were killed in multiple shooting in Paris last night.

Following the attacks, believed to be the work of six gunmen, France has declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders.

According to reports in French media, the deadliest attack left at least 15 people dead near the Bataclan arts centre, where up to 60 people are reportedly being held hostage. The BBC’s Hugh Schofield says scores of ambulances have arrived at the scene, suggesting many victims inside.

Three people were also killed in an attack at the Stade de France, where France had been playing Germany, with some reports suggesting a suicide blast. In total, three explosions were reported outside a bar near the French national stadium.

Other attacks hit Le Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 11th district where a BBC reporter could see 10 people lying on the road, either dead or seriously injured, while another hit the nearby Le Carillon bar.

Paris authorities have advised people to stay indoors and military personnel are being deployed across the French capital.

An eyewitness told Liberation he had heard more than 100 rounds being fired at a cafe in rue de Chaconne.

Recently, there have been claims that supporters of the so-called Islamic State have been celebrating the attacks on social media.

If you are concerned about friends and family, there is a Foreign Office phone number in Paris which is: 0207 008 1500