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Multiple Attacks In Paris, 60 Confirmed Dead

At least 60 people have been killed in multiple attacks in Paris, including one near the Stade de France sports stadium and another at a concert venue.

Fifteen of the victims have been killed at the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris, with a further 100 people taken hostage.

Others have been killed in explosions near the stadium just north of Paris, where a France-Germany football match was taking place on Friday night, and in a restaurant shooting.

French police have confirmed terrorists have launched six coordinated attacks throughout the city.

President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are holding crisis talks at the interior ministry.

France 24 television said President Hollande had been at the Stade de France, and was rushed from the area.

One witness said he hear gunshots as he was walking on a street in the 10th district of Paris close to Place de La Republique.

When he arrived outside a restaurant he saw bodies on the ground.

"I saw three bodies being put into body bags," said Fabien Baron, a student.

The attack comes as France has heightened security measures ahead of a major global climate conference that starts in two weeks, out of fear of violent protests and potential terrorist attacks.

Emilioi Macchio, from Ravenna, Italy, was at the Carillon bar near the restaurant that was targeted, having a beer on the sidewalk when the shooting started.

He said he didn't see any gunmen or victims, but hid behind a corner then ran away.

"It sounded like fireworks," he said.

France has been on edge since deadly attacks by Islamic extremists on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery that left 20 dead, including the three attackers.

The restaurant targeted, Le Carillon, is in the same general neighbourhood as the Charlie Hebdo offices.

US security officials believe the series of attacks were likely coordinated, based on initial reports.

"This clearly looks like a coordinated series of attacks," a person familiar with developing intelligence assessments told Reuters.

With AFP

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