Paris Under Seige...

Old Nov 13th, 2015, 01:43 PM
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My condolences to the people of Paris.

Unfortunately the French government was as responsible for the growth of the suicidal, jihadist fanatics in Syria as were some of the other major EU country governments, United States and Turkey.

Are we looking for a different tyope of refugee situation in the future, when people start leaving large cities or their countries in EU? But for where?

Violence continues to breed and drag people into the maelstrom indifferently and globally.

I hope that these issues are seriously discussed at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey this weekend.

But the solution is in the hands of the people and not the leaders.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:01 PM
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Hollande declares state of emergency and , "closes borders", whatever that means!
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:12 PM
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No Crefloors, I was dining, so I was under reacting.
I find your reaction a sordib and a stupid one in a time when people are dying by the dozens.

So thanks to give me a target to turn my anger to and go to hell.

Holy $hit. Prime suspect is ISIS (Daech in french) which is held responsible for blowing up the plane in Sharm al Sheik and another attack in Lebanon.

We'll know more tomorrow...
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:16 PM
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France is closed! Wow.

Good luck to everyone in Paris tonight... Any Fodorites there?
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:27 PM
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Yes there are...

Kerouac, Sarastro, Fuzzbucket and who knows who else.
And a lot of my colleagues and friends.

Going to Pzris on monday as every week - will see what happens.

Assault would be launched right now on the Bataclan.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:43 PM
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If there are Fodor's posters who are traveling in Paris and France right now who come here looking for information, they should be encouraged to follow the news on the BBC online and The Guardian UK online.

People in Paris have been asked not to leave their homes or wherever they currently are. The gunmen are at large. (Some Parisians have taken to Facebook and Twitter to offer shelter in their homes for those stuck in restaurants, etc).

Significant military presence has been sent into areas of Paris where it is believed the gunmen might be. Anyone in Paris should be prepared to follow instructions from authorities instantly, and have your passport with you.

Hopefully there will be a fast and least painful resolution to this situation. But people must take maximum caution.

Also hopefully the Paris residents who regularly post on Fodor's will soon show up to reassure us they are safe.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:55 PM
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My heart goes out to all in Paris.
A terrible tragedy for all the citizens of Paris and for the beautiful wonderful city of Paris.
I will pray for all and hope this madness ends soon and those responsible are apprehended.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 02:59 PM
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There is a significant hostage situation in the concert hall - more than 100 people - and per the news a few moments ago they are hearing automatic fire from inside.

I think it will be many hours before this has been sorted out - but fear this is a major tragedy that may well affect life in paris in many ways.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:07 PM
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Heartfelt thoughts from Boston Ma USA
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:13 PM
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My heart aches for Paris.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:18 PM
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Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:20 PM
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My heart is breaking for the people of Paris.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:21 PM
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This is a horrific nightmare. My heart goes out to all the families suffering and to everyone in Paris.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:32 PM
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Watching from Australia in horror, poor poor Paris and its people - my thoughts are with you. Hoping for as swift a resolution as is possible
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:36 PM
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So sick about this latest horror. My love and condolences to the people of Paris and to anyone who had a loved one in this despicable mess. Paris is still my favourite city in the world!!!
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:37 PM
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Les Halles Mall? They mentioned shooting there. We always take the metro in the mall. Just horrible. Prayers for Paris.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:44 PM
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I can't speak for all the "usual suspects" on this forum, but I believe that most of us were safe in our own beds when the attacks took place. The people I've heard from are all fine.

There are lots of sirens in the Marais (probably ambulances and police vehicles) but otherwise, the streets are deserted.

We'll know a lot more tomorrow morning. The "live news feeds" so far have been pretty contradictory, so I would recommend not becoming obsessed by them.

There has been a mention that the French borders are now closed.

Anyone planning to arrive on Saturday or afterwards should definitely check with official US government websites and stay in touch with their airlines.

Better to do that then waste time on travel forums or social media, where people will just be making "educated guesses".
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:46 PM
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That should read "official government websites", obviously.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:48 PM
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So so so sad.
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Old Nov 13th, 2015, 03:58 PM
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News reports that I have read suggest that the "closing" of borders simply means that the previously control-free Schengen borders are now being controlled and monitored, as much to keep the culprits from escaping as to prevent any more bad guys entering. I don't think that "closing" the border means that all traffic will stop.
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