“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” said President Obama in an official statement released by The White House.
On Nov. 13, France encountered a series of six attacks, carried out by three teams of terrorists, in Paris, the country’s capital. The attacks have been the single worst act of violence that France has experienced since World War II almost 70 years ago. In the latest attack, at least 129 people were killed, and 350 were injured. The attacks included a series of suicide bombs and shootings, all occurring minutes apart in different parts of the city.
ISIS, of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saturday. Outrage has been expressed online and across the world, and the hashtag #PrayForParis has gone viral. Facebook feeds are covered with people changing their profile pictures to reflect the colors of the French flag in solidarity and support. In the midst of the tense situation the world now faces, many of us are left without a clear idea of what transpired. The following editorials, stories, and photo diaries are all representations of the tragedy that ensued.
Live Updates from France: This is possibly the best retelling of the attacks, with detailed but brief coverage.
Muslims Around the World Speak Out Against Terrorist Attacks in Paris: Terrorism has no religion
Don’t Blame the Refugees: Part of the uproar surrounding these attacks is in the refugee crisis Europe has been in for months. An editorial describes why it’s easy for the world to blame the refugees for this issue – and why we shouldn’t.
Three Hours of Terror in Paris: The New York Times gives a minute-by-minute play of how the events played out.
Paris Attacks In Photos: Buzzfeed put together a comprehensive photo compilation of the events which unfolded, both during and after the attacks.
Beirut, Baghdad and Paris: How 24 hours of ISIS terror unfolded around the world. It’s important to remember that Paris was not alone. Terrorism is tragically impacting many innocent people around the world.
Paris Attacks Could Make Things Worse for Refugees: Vice reports on the racially-charged accusations following the attacks. “The speculation surrounding the nationalities of the attackers has already stirred up anti-immigrant and Islamophobic sentiment.”
Paris and the Lessons of 9/11: An opinion piece in The Atlantic, in which the writer draws a comparison between the Paris attacks and 9/11. “Let us learn from history, rather than repeat it.”
Ghostly Paris: This harrowing and stirring account of the current atmosphere in Paris puts readers directly in the shoes of those who are experiencing it.
How Parisians are Coping: Ending this with a hopeful note, Buzzfeed put together a series of photographs of Parisians continuing with their daily lives. “Paris will always be Paris. You can’t keep a Parisian off a terrace on a Saturday night.”