Paris suffered the worst violence in France in more than half a century when terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State group carried out a series of simultaneous attacks, targeting civilians enjoying a Friday night out on Nov. 13, 2015. Social media users across the globe expressed sympathy for the 130 killed, while some responded with criticism, citing the quotidian violence claiming much of Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Read on for a timeline of the massacre that shocked much of the world, as described by French prosecutor Francois Molins in a press conference the following day.
9:20 p.m. Friday At the Stade de France, a stadium just north of Paris, where President Francois Hollande and German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier were among an audience watching a France vs. Germany soccer match, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt near an entryway, killing himself and a passing civilian.
9:25 p.m. Gunmen with Kalashnikovs arrived at a bar called Le Carillon and a restaurant known as the Petit Cambodge in the 10th arrondissement, near the center of the French capital, and opened fire on patrons and staff, killing 15 and leaving 10 critically wounded.
9:30 p.m. Back at the Stade de France, another suicide bomber activated his explosive at “door H” of the stadium. His equipment, according to Molins, was identical to that of the first bomber.
9:32 p.m. Just southeast of the first shooting, in the 11th arrondissement, gunmen opened fire on A La Bonne Biè re, a bar at the corner of rue Fontaine au Roi and rue Faubourg du Temple, leaving five people dead and eight critically injured. Witnesses described the vehicle used to transport the attackers as similar to the one used in the nearby shooting just seven minutes earlier.
9:36 p.m. At the Belle Equipe restaurant, also in the 11th though slightly southeast of the scenes of the previous shootings, nine people were left severely wounded when shooters attacked the outside seating area from the street, rue de Charonne.
9:40 p.m. Further southeast, restaurant Le Comptoir Voltaire, on boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement, a suicide bomber detonated himself, severely wounding one person and causing slight injuries for several others. His device was also found to be identical to those used minutes earlier outside the Stade de France. Around the same time, a 10-minute drive down boulevard Voltaire, three gunmen pulled up in front of the Bataclan concert hall, where the rock group Eagles of Death Metal was performing, entered the theater and shot spectators from the floor area in front of the orchestra seating. Their positioning in the venue, in full view of the audience, Molins said, “explains why there were so many victims.” While many were injured, 89 people were killed at the Bataclan, where terrorists “evoked Syria and Iraq” as they carried out the assault, according to the prosecutor.
9:53 p.m. At the stadium, a third suicide bomber detonated his device.
12:20 a.m. Saturday After members of the audience at the Bataclan spent hours trying to flee the scene or hiding from the assailants, security forces were able to kill one of the shooters, while the other two detonated explosive belts, killing themselves in the process. At the time of the press conference on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 14, the death toll was 129, while the total number of people wounded was 352.