France Rocked By Multiple Terrorist Attacks

France was rocked by multiple, near simultaneous attacks on entertainment sites around Paris on Friday evening (13 Nov). Police sources said more than 150 people have been either killed or wounded. 

French President Francois Hollande has declared a countrywide state of emergency and said the country was closing its borders. He also asked for military reinforcements in the Paris area to ensure that no further attacks take place.

The apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks came as France, a founder member of the US-led coalition waging air strikes against the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), was on high alert for terrorist attacks ahead of a global climate conference that opens later this month.

In Singapore, Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong shared on his facebook post that he was “shocked” at news of the Paris attack and said “an attack like this is an attack on our shared humanity”. 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and to the people and government of Paris and France”, he added. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Singapore's embassy in Paris are monitoring developments closely and contacting registered Singaporeans in Paris to ascertain their safety. Singaporeans residing in and travelling to Paris are advised to stay indoors, monitor local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities, MFA said.

Singaporeans should contact the Singapore Embassy at +33 6 7503 2555 or singemb_par@mfa.sg if they require any urgent assistance, MFA said. Alternatively, they may contact the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800 / 8855 or mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg. Singaporeans who are in or visiting Paris are advised to register with the Singapore Embassy at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/

Source: 

  • French TV says 100 dead after police storm concert hall where hostages held  (The Straits Times, 14 November 2015)
  • Singapore comments on the multiple attacks in Paris (The Straits Times, 14 November, 2015)
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