Thoughts and prayers are in Paris on Friday evening over news of multiple gun and bomb attacks that left at least 140 people killed.
Celebrities expressed their heartbreak over the tragedy on their social media pages.
“Guys, it’s time to #PrayForParis right now,” Katy Perry tweeted.
Sophia Bush echoed similar thoughts in addition to providing helpful words. “If you are in Paris and need somewhere safe to stay, or can offer a safe haven for people who cannot get home, Parisians are using the hashtag PorteOuverte to help. Be safe. We are all praying for you,” the actress wrote on Twitter.
Terrorists have taken hostages at the Bataclan concert hall, gunmen opened fire at a cafe near Rue Charonne, and explosions rocked the Stade de France stadium during a match between the French and German national teams, according to multiple reports.
French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and said the “unprecedented” attacks were a result of terrorism. He also announced that authorities were closing the borders.
“As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror,” Hollande said during his televised address. “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.”
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy also released a statement via Twitter. “The terrorists have declared war on France. Our response must express a firmness and determination at every moment,” he wrote in his native tongue.
“I am so sadden by the news, enraged and truly hurt. #prayingforParis The french government better act strong or the people will,” French-American actor Gilles Marini tweeted.
On Friday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the attacks and referred to France as “our oldest ally.” He said the attack is “not just on Paris, not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”
Also adding, “This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves.”