French Government urges people to use emergency numbers

French Government urges people to use emergency numbers

Emergency Numbers for Foreign visitors and residents in Paris

People in Paris needing assistance following Friday night’s shootings and bombings are being asked not call embassies in Paris. Instead the government is encouraging people to use the emergency numbers that have been set up.

British Foreign Office: 0207 008 1500

Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs: 003531 408 2000

At least 129 people died in the Paris attacks on Friday night.

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and said the attacks were an “act of war” organised by Islamic State militants. Eighty-nine people died when gunmen opened fire inside the Bataclan music venue.

Books of condolence are being opened at Belfast City Hall and Londonderry’s Guildhall.

Belfast City Hall and other buildings across the world were lit in the colours of the French national flag on Saturday evening in an act of “solidarity” with the French people.

French Government urges people to use emergency numbers

In the Republic of Ireland, thousands of people marched through Dublin city centre on Saturday and held a one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the victims of the attacks.

Members of the Irish community in Paris united at morning mass to pray for peace, after attacks claimed the lives of at least 129 people. Irish ambassador to France Geraldine Byrne also attended the mass.

She said that information to date suggests only one person from Ireland was injured in the attacks. The injured Irishman had been at the Bataclan concert hall. He had been visiting Paris for the weekend and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

Renowned Irish rock band U2 were among the artists who have cancelled concerts that was due to take place in Paris over the weekend.

This morning the Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaaoud was ‘identified as mastermind’ behind these attacks. A number of people have been arrested in Belgium over the attacks that have left about 350 people injured. Initial reports by French news outlets suggest that Abaaoud has now been arrested.

People in Paris needing assistance are being asked not call embassies in Paris. Instead they are encouraging people to use the the emergency numbers that have been set up – British Foreign Office: 0207 008 1500; Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs: 003531 408 2000.


 

Update from Minister Flanagan on Paris Consular Assistance

Minister Calls for Respect for Privacy of Injured Irish Citizen and Their Family

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D., has confirmed that the Irish citizen who was injured in the Paris attacks last Friday and their family are continuing to receive ongoing consular assistance. At this stage there is no indication that any further Irish casualties or fatalities have occurred.

Speaking following his earlier meeting with his EU Foreign Minister colleagues and en route for the resumption of political talks in Belfast, Minister Flanagan said:

“One Irish citizen who was injured by gunshot in the Bataclan theatre incident is still in hospital in a stable condition. Officials from our Embassy in Paris and my Department in Dublin have remained in close contact with the citizen and their family and with the French authorities.

“While we continue to await full identification of all those who lost their lives in last Friday’s horrific series of incidents, at this stage we have received no indication from the French authorities that there have been any further Irish casualties or fatalities.

“My Department’s emergency Consular Crisis Response Centre which was in operation over the weekend has now been stood down but the team in Embassy Paris and the Consular Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade here in Dublin remain ready to assist any citizens in need. I encourage anyone with particular concerns to contact the Consular Division on 01- 408 2000.

“I also appeal for full respect be shown at all times for the privacy of the injured Irish citizen and their family following what has been a hugely traumatic experience.”

Minister Flanagan also added:

“Paris remains in a state of emergency and Irish citizens there should exercise caution and follow the instructions of the local authorities. While airports and borders remain open, anyone travelling within, to or from France should expect additional security measures and possible travel disruptions.

“As ever, I recommend that all Irish citizens travelling abroad should register their details with my Department’s Citizen’s Registration Service – www.dfa.ie and to monitor our website and Twitter accounts (@dfatravel, @dfatirl) for continuing updates.”

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