November 13, 2015 7:58 pm
Updated: November 13, 2015 9:02 pm

Paris opens its doors to people seeking safe haven with #PorteOuverte hashtag


It was a chaotic scene in Paris following multiple attacks in outer districts of the French capital Friday night.

At least 40 people were killed after gunmen opened fire at a restaurant, set off explosions near Stade de France — where French President Francois Hollande was attending a France vs. Germany soccer match —and laid siege to the Bataclan concert hall, where between 60 to 100 people were being held hostage until police raided the popular venue.

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French police are warning all people to stay inside and a curfew is in place — the first since the Second World War.

Paris residents are opening their doors to those who are trapped outside or trying to make their way home or to their hotels, offering their homes as safe havens by posting with the hashtag #PorteOuverte on Twitter.

France 24 also reported that some Paris taxi drivers have turned off their meters and are driving people to their destinations free of charge.

President Hollande declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of the attacks and ordered the country’s borders closed.

Facebook safety check for people in Paris

Facebook is also serving as a tool for people trying to let friends and loved ones know about their well-being.

The social media site has activated its safety check feature, allowing users to mark themselves as “safe.”


The feature was launched in October 2014.

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