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After Attacks, French Flock to Join the Army

Injured survivors stretchered in to memorial service

(Newser) - Among ordinary French people, the response to the Paris terror attacks has been remarkably similar to the US response to 9/11. The number of people applying to join the French military has quintupled, with people of all ages descending on recruitment offices, the New York Times reports. "I've... More »

Soccer Team Jerseys Drop Sponsor, Add Paris Tribute

'Je Suis Paris' to temporarily take place of Emirates Airline on Paris team's shirts

(Newser) - The Paris Saint-Germain soccer team wanted to show the world that its thoughts are with its home city and the victims of the recent terror attacks —so it has (temporarily) ditched a major sponsor from its jerseys and replaced it with a message of solidarity instead, reports For the... More »

Sister of Paris' Female Terrorist: 'She Was Sad'

Relatives describe a party girl turned troubled woman

(Newser) - The sister of the woman killed during a raid on an apartment outside Paris last week says Hasna Aitboulahcen wasn't a die-hard terrorist but was "manipulated by her cousin," alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Speaking with NBC News , 25-year-old Myriam Aitboulahcen—who last spoke... More »

Russia Shows Solidarity With France With Adorable Puppy

Russia hopes little Dobrynya can replace a police dog that died earlier this week

(Newser) - Russia is sending a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to France in the cuddliest show of international solidarity possible, the Independent reports. In Russian folklore, Dobrynya was "the personification of strength, kindness, bravery and selflessness," according to Sky News . In a statement, a Russian official called the puppy... More »

Mastermind of Paris Attacks Is Dead

Abaaoud identified; France says he led 4 of 6 foiled attacks since spring

(Newser) - He's dead: Authorities in Paris today said the man believed to have orchestrated the terror attacks on the City of Lights was killed in Wednesday's police raid, reports the AP . The city prosecutor said today that Abdel­hamid Abaaoud had been identified through skin samples; Interior Minister Bernard... More »

Suspects in Paris Attack Owned Bar

It was closed over drug trafficking allegations this month

(Newser) - Before they were suspects in the deadliest attack on French soil since WWII, brothers Brahim and Salah Abdeslam owned a bar called Les Beguines in Brussels, the Wall Street Journal reports. "I used to go there every day after work," a neighbor tells the Telegraph . "We would... More »

Raided Paris Terror Cell Was Ready to Strike: Prosecutor

2 dead, 8 arrests in raid near Paris—but fate of alleged mastermind still unclear

(Newser) - Paris prosecutor Francois Molins gave new details on the police raid on an alleged ISIS terror cell just north of Paris in a press conference Wednesday. Some highlights :
  • Molins said about 5,000 rounds were fired by police during an hourlong gunfight between heavily armed police and those inside the
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Police Dog Killed in Raid Outside Paris

5 officers also suffered minor injuries, authorities say

(Newser) - A police dog named Diesel was killed during an operation Wednesday targeting the apparent mastermind of the Paris terror attacks. Authorities on Twitter say the 7-year-old Belgian shepherd, an assault and explosives search animal, "was killed by terrorists in the current operation in Saint-Denis." Police add at least... More »

Father, Son Have Poignant Talk About Paris Attacks

'They might have guns, but we have flowers'

(Newser) - A video interview is going viral thanks to the poignant father-son discussion it portrays, People reports. The little boy was asked by a reporter if he understands why attackers terrorized Paris on Friday, and he answered, "because they're really mean" before adding that his family will need to... More »

Why 'Containing' ISIS May Make It More Dangerous

Columnist explains why ISIS might be 'lashing out'

(Newser) - When President Obama said, just one day before the Paris terror attacks, that ISIS had been "contained," he wasn't wrong. On Vox , Zack Beauchamp lays out a solid case explaining that the terror group's "march across Syria and Iraq ... has in fact been stalled and... More »

Charlie Hebdo: Screw ISIS, 'We Have the Champagne!'

Satire mag pulls no punches after Paris attacks

(Newser) - Few can relate better to Friday's terror attacks in the City of Light than the staff of Charlie Hebdo , the Parisian satirical magazine that lost 12 members in its own terrorist attack in January. A sneak peek of this week's cover, tweeted by columnist Mathieu Madenian ahead of... More »

Justin Bieber's Friend Died in Paris Attacks

Thomas Ayad was a UMG executive

(Newser) - Thomas Ayad, a friend and former colleague of Justin Bieber, was killed in the Paris terror attacks Friday, and Bieber offered a tribute to the United Music Group exec Monday on Twitter , Us reports. "Still thinking about Paris and my friend Thomas that we lost in the tragedy,"... More »

Looking for Help, France Invokes Never-Used Treaty

As country mobilizes 115,000 security personnel

(Newser) - "France is at war," President Francois Hollande declared on Monday, and an army has been mobilized: The BBC reports that 115,000 security personnel, including police and troops, have been deployed across the country in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. More than 150 raids were carried out... More »

John Oliver's Foul-Mouthed ISIS Tirade Strikes a Chord

Thank goodness he's on HBO

(Newser) - John Oliver really made use of "HBO’s liberal profanity policy" Sunday night on Last Week Tonight, as Slate puts it. The host, who became a new dad just days ago , opened his show with a discussion of the Paris terror attacks, and he did not hold back. "... More »

France Conducts 'Massive' ISIS Airstrike

And police apparently let terrorist suspect go

(Newser) - Two days after coordinated terror attacks killed 129 people in Paris, France is said to be conducting "massive" airstrikes against two jihadi sites in Raqqa, Syria. A French defense official tells CNN that twelve aircraft dropped 20 bombs on Raqqa—which ISIS considers the capital of its caliphate—targeting... More »

At Least 7 Dead in High-Speed Train Crash in France

The train caught fire during a test run and crashed into a canal

(Newser) - More than seven people are dead and at least 10 "gravely" injured after a high-speed train derailed and crashed into a canal during a test run Saturday in France, the AP reports. According to the BBC , the train was testing a new rail line between Paris and Strasbourg with... More »

World Mourns With Paris

Kerry denounces 'assault on our common humanity'

(Newser) - World leaders have been voicing their horror and disgust at the Paris terror attacks , and flowers and lit candles have been placed at makeshift memorials outside French embassies around the world. After the Friday night attacks, landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and New York City's One World Trade... More »

Paris Death Toll Rises to 60 as France Closes Borders

President Obama pledges to help

(Newser) - French media are reporting least 60 people are dead in Friday's Paris attacks , per Reuters . Multiple, apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks hit almost simultaneously, and at least 100 hostages were reportedly being held at a concert hall after one of the shootings. There were reportedly as many as... More »

Mass Shootings, Explosions Reported in Paris

Details are developing

(Newser) - Mass shootings and explosions have been reported in Paris Friday, and the AP cites "multiple officials" who say at least 35 to 40 people are dead. Details are still developing, but after an initial shooting at a restaurant was reported, there are now said to be as many as... More »

France Needs Wine to Get Through Dinner With Iran

Really leaning into that cultural stereotype, France

(Newser) - They say we should embrace our differences. But they never tried to come between a Frenchman and his wine. The Washington Post reports on some dinner drama adding tension to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official visit to Europe, which starts this weekend. Apparently Rouhani and French president Franç... More »

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