Attacks in Paris: Reactions From the Ground

Many are opening their doors to help fellow Parisians while authorities hunt for terrorists.

A medic tends to a man after an attack near the Boulevard des Filles-du-Calvaire. (Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Nov 13, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

In the face of multiple terror attacks that killed more than 100 people in Paris on Friday, local residents took to social media to offer safe haven and track loved ones in the city.

Under the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which translates to #OpenDoor, Parisians offered shelter, a place to sleep—and usually a bit of hospitality—via Twitter.

On Facebook, concerned friends outside Paris were able to use the social media network’s Safety Check function to see if loved ones were near the terror attacks.

On Twitter, this offer came from the 18th arrondissement, the district south of the Stade de France, where multiple explosions were reported during a Germany-France soccer match—an offer of tea and clean sheets.

Offers poured in near the Place de la République, which is not far from the Bataclan, a concert venue where more than 100 people were held hostage. It’s unclear how many survived the ordeal to accept that help—the Paris deputy mayor said at least 118 people were killed there early Saturday.

Managers for the concert’s performers, Eagles of Death Metal, were still trying to assess whether the band and crew had all escaped safely.

We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.

Posted by Eagles Of Death Metal on Friday, November 13, 2015

French news reported that Parisian taxis had turned off their meters to help people get home.