What happened in the Paris attacks?

  • 27 November 2015
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On Friday 13 November 2015, a number of attacks took place in Paris, the capital city of France.

The French police and army were called in to help keep people safe.

130 people were killed.

The French government quickly declared an emergency and 1,500 soldiers were called in to help police across the city.

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How it happened

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Europe falls silent to show support for Paris

On the Monday after the attacks people across Europe took part in a minute's silence to remember those affected in Paris.

Many people took to the streets of the French capital to show their support.

Your questions about what happened?

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BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner answers your questions

Lots of you have been sending in questions about the attacks so we asked the BBC's security correspondent to answer them for us.

Getting back to normal

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Jenny reports from Paris as people try to return to normal life

Several museums, cafes and tourist attractions were closed in the days after the attacks but were reopened by the middle of the week.

Jenny went to Paris for Newsround to find out how people there are trying to get back to normal life.

Children of Paris united

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How the Paris attacks have changed kids lives.

Children in the city have been trying to make sense of what happened and supporting each other.

Jenny went to meet some kids there to find out about how they're dealing with it all.

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Jenny also spoke to Dune about what the attacks have made her think about.

How have the Paris attacks affected kids in the UK?

The events in Paris have not just affected people there.

People all round the world have been reflecting on what the attacks mean for them.

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UK kids speak about Paris

Leah went to speak to some school kids in the UK about what it's made them think about.

Who's behind the attacks

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Ayshah examines how Islamic State or I.S tries to get people from the UK to join them

The extremist Islamic group known as IS, or the Islamic State, have now said they are responsible for the attacks.

IS are an extremist group based mainly in Syria and Iraq.

Read Newsround's guide about radicalisation and why people join IS here.

There are lots of problems and fighting in Syria and Iraq.

One cause is the difference between two groups - Sunnis and Shias - who both follow the religion of Islam.

Find out more about the situation in Syria here.

The response from France

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French President Francois Hollande has called the attacks in Paris an "act of war" carried out by IS.

He declared three days of national mourning after the events.

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President Francois Hollande gave a statement after the attacks

Hollande, said France will stay determined, unified and pull together.

Immediately after the events in Paris British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said he was shocked and pledged to do "whatever we can to help".

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David Cameron talks about the attacks in Paris

He said Britain will "stand united" with France.

US President Barack Obama said America would also stand with France.

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President Obama: 'This is a heartbreaking situation'

The Prince of Wales has sent French President Francois Hollande a message of "profound sympathy and solidarity with the people of Paris", a spokeswoman said.

Other tributes

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Fans united to sing La Marseillaise before the match at Wembley

The world of sport paid its respects throughout the week with most sporting occasions holding a minute's silence.

Football fans gathered to watch England play France at Wembley on Tuesday, and came together to sing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

Have a look at our gallery of sporting tributes here.

Tributes in pictures

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Jenny reports on the attacks in Paris

Many countries have shown that they're standing side by side with France, by sending messages of support and lighting their iconic buildings with the colours of the French flag - red, white and blue.

We've put together a gallery of the special tributes that have been made.

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