It started as a celebration of football, a glamour friendly between France and world champions Germany in front of 80,000 fans at Paris’s showpiece Stade de France. Fear And Agony Paris Attacks Rock Football World in the month of November. Then they heard the explosions. “I thought it was just a firework, then my friends told me what was going on in Paris,” said a French fan in his 20s as the grim reality of Friday’s deadly attacks suddenly hit home.
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The Observer view on the Paris attacks Observer now. When three loud explosions were heard from outside the stadium during the first half, football soon drifted from the minds of the spectators when it eventually emerged that three people had died near the arena in the north of the city. Later, the death toll climbed to five outside the glittering venue which staged the 1998 World Cup final with 11 seriously hurt and around 30 people slightly injured.
It emerged that one of the explosions was near to a McDonald’s restaurant on the fringes of the stadium. A police source later said that one of the blasts was caused by a suicide bomber on the Rue Jules Rimet. “A man wearing an explosives belt blew himself up,” said the officer. Fear And Agony Paris Attacks Rock Football World
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French president Francois Hollande, who was in attendance at the game, was hurried from the stadium amid the early reports of shootings in central Paris and of the developing hostage crisis in the Bataclan theater.