After the deadly attacks shook Paris on the evening and night of Nov. 13, president François Hollande called the state of emergency and Parisians were advised to stay indoors and safe until the state of emergency was over. Schools, museums, markets and many other public places will remain closed on Nov. 14:
Dès demain, fermeture de tous les équipements de la Ville: écoles, musées, bibliothèques, gymnases, piscines, marchés alimentaires
— Paris (@Paris) November 14, 2015
After the many thousands who were out last night managed to find shelter, and as the dead and wounded were transported away from the streets, the city fell into the deepest emptiness and silence.
The city feels empty, except for police and military, and a few people bringing tributes to the victims:
— Financial Times (@FT) November 14, 2015
Visitors are for the most part confining themselves to their their hotels:
A man reads a newspaper with a headline reading “War in the heart of Paris” in a hotel lobby in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
Locals can’t have access to their neighborhoods:
A roadblock in rue de Charonne, Paris.
Outside the restaurant where some people were shot, there were only police and very mourners:
Outside Le Bataclan.
— James Franey (@jamesfraney) November 14, 2015
The city’s most famous landmarks were deserted, and patrolled by police:
Police patrol at Place de la République.
La Tour Eiffel.
Stations were empty:
Gare du Nord train station.
And so were trains:
— James Longman (@JamesAALongman) November 14, 2015
For the first time in its 23-year history, Disneyland Paris was closed:
Disneyland Paris closes today for the first time ever following horrendous attacks. It has opened daily since 1992 pic.twitter.com/v0cL0ElLRs
— Stuart Robinson (@stuartrobinson1) November 14, 2015
But just before silences descended on the city, there were some sounds of hope and defiance, as people exited the soccer game in Stade de France, singing La Marseillaise, France’s national anthem: