First, French illustrator and designer put up a design which went viral

How social media responded to the Paris attackspixabay
news Paris attacks Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 11:05

At least 150 people are feared to be dead as unidentified gunmen held scores of people as hostage along with suicide attacks in busy streets of Paris on Friday. These attacks are the first in France after the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ killings by the Kouachi brothers in the streets of Paris earlier in January.

The police confirmed that all the attackers were dead as a result of police action or suicide attacks.

The attacks are thought to be a reaction to Friday’s successful attacks on ISIS strongholds in the Syrian city of Raqqa by an International coalition of which France was a member of.

The attackers chose three crowded parts of the city which included Stade de France, the stadium which hosted a match between France and Germany, Bataclan concert venue and the 11th district of Paris famous for its night life.

President Francois, while declaring an emergency, said, “We will fight the attackers without mercy.”

However, it was heart-warming to see many users on social media like Twitter and Facebook step forward to express their solidarity and offer help to the ones in need.

First, French illustrator and designer put up a design which went viral as people extended support.

Later, many videos surfaced on YouTube claiming that the footballs fan gathered in the stadium sang the French national anthem in unison while evacuating the stadium.

It was also heartening to see users use the hashtag #PorteOuvre which translates to opendoor as Parisians offered stranded citizens and foreigners shelter for the night.

#PrayforParis hashtag trended on Twitter as people from all over the world started sending in wishes.

This video was uploaded by an Instagram user in which one can hear gunshots.

#prayforparis #republique#paris

A video posted by Hubert (@hubert_kopec) on

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