LiveParis attacks: Latest updates

Summary

  1. A suspect has been charged with terrorism offences in Belgium for involvement in the Paris attacks
  2. Crowds of people in Paris mark one week since the attacks with applause and dancing
  3. French officials say the cousin of the presumed ringleader of the Paris attacks did not blow herself up in Wednesday's police raid in the Saint-Denis suburb
  4. It has emerged that the suspected ringleader of the attacks had been able to travel from Syria to France undetected
  5. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said France will maintain controls along all its borders with fellow EU countries for as long as the imminent threat of attacks remains
  6. All times GMT

Live Reporting

By Tom Spender, Emma Harrison, Paul Blake and Alexandra Fouché

Live coverage ends

That brings to an end our live coverage of the aftermath of the Paris attacks for today. Thank you for following our updates - we leave you with this image of candles at the Place de la Republique taken as Parisians turned out to remember the victims a week on from the last Friday's attacks. 

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Who were the victims?

Tributes continue to be paid to the 130 people who lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks. French authorities have identified all the victims, many of them young concert-goers, but have not released a full list.  

Find out more about the victims of the Paris attacks here.  

The BBC News Facebook page is also paying tribute to the victims this evening.

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More pictures from Paris one week on

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People hold hands in Place de la Republique
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Crowds form a chain in Place de la Republique
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People mourn outside Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon restaurants

Russia offers puppy to replace fallen Diesel

Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs has given France a puppy to replace Diesel, the police dog that died during the raid on an apartment in Saint Denis.

The Russian ministry post said the dog was called Dobrynia, after the Russian hero who was "the personification of strength, goodness, courage and altruism" and said the gift was an expression of solidarity with the French people and its police force in its fight against terror.

Diesel's death sparked worldwide sympathy and tributes were paid on social media under the hashtag #JeSuisChien

Ce chien sera remis à la France en temoignage de la solidarité facebook.com/mvd.official/?… #SaintDenis #JeSuisDiesel

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Diesel was killed in the raid on Saint-Denis

BreakingSuspect charged in Belgium over Paris attacks

A suspect has been charged with terrorism offences in Belgium for involvement in the Paris attacks, AFP reports.

"The person that was arrested yesterday has been charged by the investigating judge with participation in terrorist attacks and participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation, and placed into custody," Belgium's federal prosecutor said in a statement.

#21h20

The hashtag #21h20 is trending on Twitter in Paris as people share their tributes to the victims of the attacks:

Une pensée aux familles des victimes de la barbarie. Que leurs âmes reposent en paix. 🌹 #21h20 #NousSommesUnis

Merci #21h20 1er TT France. Nous ne les oublierons jamais

#TousUnis #21h20 ...hommage aux victimes...pour ne pas oublier...#parisdoubout

People stand hand in hand outside the Bataclan

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France's former minister of culture and current president of the Institute of the Arab World Jack Lang (centre) with others outside the Bataclan

Applause at La Belle Equipe cafe

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People applaud while at a memorial for the victims of the Paris attacks, near La Belle Equipe cafe on Rue de Charonne in Paris
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Candles are laid in the shape of the 'Pray for Paris' symbol outside La Belle Equipe cafe

More from the scene at Place de la Republique

A few more photos have been coming into our newsroom from Place de la Republique:

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Applause and noise fills Place de la Republique

The crowd gathered at the Place de la Republique are clapping to mark exactly one week on from the start of the attacks.

Dozens of French artists and cultural figures had urged people to make a lot of "noise and light", by turning on music and lights, at 21:20 (20:20 GMT) to mark the exact time a week ago that the attacks began.  

One week on

From 20:20 GMT, exactly one week on from the Paris attacks, we’ll be remembering the victims on the BBC News Facebook page.

The page will share some of the stories, pictures and tributes of those killed.

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Paris marks one week since attacks

People around Paris are marking one week since the attacks. 

Here is a selection of photos coming into our newsroom.

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The French Parliament is illuminated in the colours of the French flag
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A woman lights a candle in front of La Belle Equipe cafe
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A similar scene at Place de la Republique with a large crowd forming
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The Eiffel Tower is also sporting blue, white and red colors tonight

Crowds gather for minute's silence

People outside Rennes city hall in western France have held a minute's silence to remember the victims of last week's attacks in Paris.

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Images from Saint Denis

France's Interior Ministry has released photographs of Wednesday's police operation in Saint Denis, in which the suspected ringleader behind last Friday's attacks was killed. 

The raid was carried out by France's elite Brigade de Recherche et d'Intervention (BRI). 

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Germany investigates Algerian migrant

Germany will investigate whether an Algerian man who was detained at a refugee centre last week knew about the Paris attacks and did not tell anyone, Reuters reports.

There are allegations that the Algerian man spoke of "fear and terror" being spread in Paris with Syrian refugees in the town of Arnsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia.

"Further investigation will show if the accusations are really true," a spokesman for the federal prosecutor said.

The suspect is in custody and reportedly refusing to talk.

Prosecutor: Two stadium bombers passed through Greece

Two of the bombers who blew themselves up at the Stade de France in Paris last Friday had their fingerprints taken on October 3 while travelling through Greece, the Paris prosecutor said in a statement.

State of emergency extended for three momths

The upper house of the French parliament, the Senate, has voted almost unanimously to extend the state of emergency for three months.

#France Senate OKs 90-day state of emergency extension. Police can impose house arrest, search with no warrant, shut websites. #ParisAttacks

BreakingHasna Aitboulahcen 'did not blow herself up'

Hasna Aitboulahcen, the woman who died during a police raid on Saint Denis on Wednesday, did not blow herself up, French media are reporting.

Police sources have told local media that the suicide bomber was a man, not a woman.

Local TV station iTele reported that a third terrorist blew himself up and the force of the explosion blew Aitboulahcen apart. Parts of her body were reported to have landed on a police vehicle in the street below the apartment police were raiding.

Aitboulahcen was reported to have shouted "help me" to police before the explosion that killed her.

A member of the police brigade besieging the apartment told the BBC: "She was trying to say she was not linked to the terrorists, that she had nothing to do with them and wanted to surrender."

But the commandos believed she was trying to manipulate them, the officer said.

'They threw grenades' - police on Saint Denis raid

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As soon as it started we heard machine guns and we also heard the grenades because the guys inside threw grenades through their windows trying to injure us downstairs on the ground, they sent grenades on the third floor to injure my colleagues who were on the floor. So when I understood that they were fighting against us I was on the ground then I decided to go upstairs with my colleagues fighting, not at the front of course, but with my colleagues in the stairs, because I knew that it could last a long time because they had machine guns. They didn’t waste ammunition, they were shooting at us, but they didn’t waste ammunition, so I thought that it could last a long time.

Eric Gigou Deputy commander

Woman 'pretended to surrender' in Saint Denis raid

Police assault team member "Hugo", who took part in the Saint Denis raid, told the BBC:

When we got to the third floor we put explosives on the door, but when detonated the door did not collapse totally. We had to put another charge in, but before we could detonate that we were shot at with machine guns. We were 1.5m from the door. I never heard them speaking but a sniper outside did. He heard a woman who pretended she wanted to surrender. We believed this was to lure us into the flat so she could blow herself up and kill policemen.

Police speak about Saint Denis raid

Policemen who took part in the St Denis raid have told BBC correspondent Fergal Keane of the moment the terrorists opened fire.

#ParisAttacks 2/5 Special police team member says 1st explosive charge failed to destroy door of st Denis flat. Terrorists then opened fire

#ParisAttacks 3/5 Police team member "Hugo" says they feared woman terrorist might try and blow herself up when they entered flat

#ParisAttacks 5/5 One of commanders of raid Eric Gigot tells me terrorists conserved ammunition but were v well armed

#ParisAttacks Senior commander Eric Gigot says he saw body of one terrorist and other human remains when he entered flat @ end of raid

#ParisAttacks Commander Eric Gigou says many grenades thrown out of flat at his men.

#ParisAttacks Policeman "Hugo" says woman inside was shouting to police snipers, feared was trying to manipulate them into entering flat

Drop in ticket sales for shows reported

Ticket sales for shows and performances in Paris are down by 80% since the attacks last Friday, France's producers association Prodiss says.

The attacks sent a shockwave that has hit our audiences hard. The drop in ticket sales shows that there's an urgent need to reassure the public and boost security at venues.

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Curfew imposed in French town

French authorities have imposed a curfew on a neighbourhood in the town of Sens, about 100km (62 miles) southeast of Paris, French media report.

The move - enabled under the national state of emergency currently in force - bans all pedestrian and vehicle movement in the neighbourhood of Champs-Plaisants between 10pm and 6am from Friday evening until Monday morning.

It follows the discovery of weapons and false documents there in earlier raids. A number of people have been taken into custody, the authorities said.

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Toys R Us to remove toy guns from French stores

Toys R Us will remove toy guns from the shelves of its French stores as well as other toys that could confuse police in light of the Paris attacks, the AFP news agency reports.

"Toys R Us management asked its store directors in France to remove 23 toys that looked like guns and weapons," the global toy giant said.

"This decision was taken in light of the Paris attacks.

"It was taken because these toys could be misinterpreted as real weapons."

Toys R Us said light sabres and water guns will still be sold in the 48 stores it has in France.

The company did not say how long the toys would be off the shelves.

Hollande welcomes Morocco's King Mohammed VI

French President Francois Hollande has welcomed Morocco's King Mohammed VI to the Elysee palace in Paris, where they will hold talks in the wake of the Paris attacks.

It has been reported that the younger brother of suspected Paris attacks 'ringleader' Abdelhamid Abaaoud was arrested last month in Morocco.

Moroccan authorities arrested Yassine Abaaoud after he arrived in his father's hometown of Agadir, Moroccan security sources said, and he has been held in custody.

It is not clear if he has any connection to the Paris attacks.

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US envoy: 'Too soon to link Bamako and Paris attacks'

It is "too soon to speculate" whether the hostage situation in Mali is related in some way to the attacks in Paris last week, a US presidential envoy to the coalition battling so-called Islamic State has said.

"The groups in Mali aren't particularly connected to the ISIS groups," Brett McGurk told MSNBC.

An al Qaeda-linked group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, where more than 100 guests and staff have been seized.

French special forces have deployed outside the hotel after travelling from Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said.

US special forces are also involved in the operation and have rescued at least six Americans, a US military spokesman said.

France has 3,500 troops operating in Mali and four other countries in the Sahel region as part of a five-nation counter-terrorism operation codenamed Barkhane.

Terrorists 'couldn't kill the Bataclan's soul'

The BBC's Yolande Knell has been speaking to Joel Touitou, who owned the Bataclan concert hall - where 89 people were killed last Friday - until September. He has since moved to Israel.

He says he understands the Bataclan will reopen and says the attack has catalysed a strong response from across French society under the slogan 'Generation Bataclan'.

I have heard of many artists who want to go to Bataclan for the opening and now the people, you know, it’s like a revolt. And I think that maybe this story at the Bataclan is a beginning not an end. These terrorists, maybe they killed people but they didn’t kill the soul of the Bataclan.

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Tributes at the Bataclan concert hall

People continue to visit the flowers, candles and messages left in tribute to the victims of the attacks near Paris' Bataclan concert hall, one week on.

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France to maintain border controls

France will maintain controls along all its borders with fellow EU countries for as long as the imminent threat of attacks remains, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said.

European Union ministers have also agreed to strengthen the EU's external borders, with tighter checks on all passengers entering the Schengen zone -- the area of free movement within the EU. 

"It's a crucial change," said Mr Cazeneuve. 

Other measures have also been agreed to tackle the movement of firearms and to extend the so-called Passenger Name Record or PNR-programme to inner-European flights. 

The package now needs to be formalised and has to pass a vote in the European Parliament.

"Le renforcement des #FrontièresExtérieures de l'#UE est indispensable pour la sécurité des citoyens européens".

Neighbour: Hasna Aitboulahcen 'was trying to avoid everyone'

The BBC's Tom Burridge has been speaking to Zahir Dehgain - a neighbour of Hasna Aitboulahcen's mother in Aulnay-sous-Bois:

"A year-and-a-half ago, she was dressed in the European way, with a handbag and make-up and then suddenly she was wearing the hijab. You know, all black where you can only see her face. But despite that she was saying hello. But really we never suspected she would become like that. 

"We didn't see her for six months or more, but we don’t ask. Some people were saying that she was going to Syria but I didn’t care. 

"But at one point I saw her with the hijab and I was doubting. Still she was really kind. She came to my house several times, she was coming here with my two daughters but we never suspected she would come like that. 

"Two months ago she was here, wearing the hijab. I said hello. But she was trying to avoid everyone. We didn’t know she was a terrorist, but the hijab said something. She was working at a construction materials shop. 

"I saw the pictures on TV and was very shocked."

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Neighbour Zahir Dehgain knew Hasna Aitboulahcen well

BreakingParis attacks death toll rises to 130

The French prime minister Manuel Valls says the death toll from last Friday's attacks has risen to 130, AP reports.

It follows the death in hospital of one of those critically wounded in the attacks, AFP quoted a source close to Mr Valls as saying.

'It's up to us to sort this out': French Muslim's video goes viral

Bassim Braiki, a Muslim from the town of Venissieux near Lyon, has posted a video on the internet that has gone viral. He calls for French Muslims to fight jihadists who are tarnishing Islam. He says that French authorities will not be able to tackle the problem of radicalisation without their help. He also calls on fellow Muslims to report suspicious behaviour to the police and not worry about being seen as turncoats.

The video - which can be seen on Facebook here or on YouTube here - has been watched almost six million times on Facebook. It contains some explicit language (in French).

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