This time it’s war’: French press react with horror to attacks

Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack, a restaurant outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris. (AFP)/News24
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack, a restaurant outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris. (AFP)/News24

“This time it’s war,” declared the Le Parisien daily, as France’s media reacted with horror but determination after Friday’s wave of attacks that left at least 120 dead.

Centre-right daily Le Figaro took up a similar theme, splashing with the headline “War in central Paris” amid scenes of carnage at several locations in the French capital.

Many papers called for unity in the country that is still reeling from jihadist attacks in January that claimed 17 lives.

“In the name of the true martyrs of yesterday, the innocent victims and in the name of the Republic, France will be able to stay united and stand together,” said Le Parisien.

The “terrorist barbarism” has crossed a “historic line,” said the head of the left-leaning Liberation daily, calling for France to stay resolute.

“It is impossible not to link these bloody events with the battles raging in the Middle East. France is playing its part there. It must continue to do so without blinking,” wrote Laurent Joffrin in an editorial.

Sports daily L’Equipe splashed the one word “L’Horreur” (“Horror”) across a black front page.

Papers immediately made the link between the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that claimed 17 lives in January, spawning an outpouring of solidarity around the Twitter hashtag #jesuischarlie (I am Charlie).

“We were Charlie. We are Paris!” wrote the Republique des Pyrenees regional daily.

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