Hollande's statement

Terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured; it's horrific.

We have … mobilized all forces possible to neutralize the terrorists and make all concerned areas safe. I have also asked for military reinforcements. They are currently in the Paris area to ensure that no new attack can take place.

I have also called a Cabinet meeting. … Two decisions will be taken: A state of emergency will be declared, which means that some places will be closed, traffic may be banned and there will also be searches, which may be decided throughout [greater Paris]. …

The second decision I have made is to close the borders. We must ensure that no one enters to commit any crimes and that those who have committed the crimes that we have unfortunately seen can also be arrested if they should leave the territory.

This is a terrible ordeal that once again assails us. … In these difficult moments, we must — and I'm thinking of the many victims, their families and the injured — show compassion and solidarity. But we must also show unity and calm. … Faced with terror, France must be strong, it must be great and the state authorities must be firm. We will be. …

What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilize its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists. …