Paris: Sending a tough message French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed global Jihadi terror outfit ISIS for the Paris attacks that left at least 160 dead.
The multiple attacks across the city late Friday were “an act of war… committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State, against France, against… what we are, a free country,” Hollande said.
The French media too declared it an act of war, “This time it’s war” declared French media, as the country is devastated by a wave of terrorist attacks which has so far killed over 160 people. Despite the horror, determination seemed to gripping the nation as it prepared for a massive retaliation.
entre-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 dail