WINNIPEG — A vigil will be held at the Manitoba Legislature Saturday for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The French Honorary Consulate in Winnipeg is asking residents to come the Legislature for 2 p.m. to honour and pay their respects to the dozens of lives lost in the deadly attacks.
Meantime, the flags are flying at half-mast at Winnipeg City Hall to honour those killed.
The death toll continues to rise in Paris after a series of terrorist shootings and explosions on Friday.
French President Francois Hollande said the attacks that killed at least 129 people was the work of “the Islamic State group.”
French authorities said eight terrorists armed with guns and bombs launched six separate attacks around the French capital. A French police official said at least 100 are dead inside the concert hall where attackers had seized hostages.
Winnipegger Kerri Salki is in Paris for a three-day conference and is currently stuck in part of the lock down area.
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“The mood here in Paris, any district that you’re in, is somber,” Salki told CJOB News in a phone interview. “It’s just low key. Everything is shut.”
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and other top tourist sites in Paris have been closed until further notice following the attacks that killed at least 129 people and wounded
Salki told 680 CJOB News she was downtown just hours before the incident.
“I left to go home and just later I found out what had happened,” said Salki. “I literally dodged a bullet.”
Salki is staying in one of the 6 areas that was attacked on Friday.
“Right now basically I am in lock down. I am not leaving my place because it is not really safe,” she said. “It’s weird. It’s just weird.”
LISTEN: Winnipegger Kerri Salki describes the mood in Paris while talking to CJOB News
Salki said there were around 6,000 people in Paris for the three-day conference she is there to attend. Saturday’s events were immediately cancelled.
“People died. It’s unbelievable,” she said. “It’s very confusing for someone coming from Canada just to be here right now.”