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The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital. Reuters
  • The French President Francois Hollande has addressed French deputies and senators saying the country is at war and will increase its efforts to combat Islamic State
  • Speaking at the G20 summit in Turkey US President Barrack Obama has ruled out the use of ground forces in Syria in retaliation for the Paris attacks
  • French officials have identified Belgian-born Jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud as the mastermind of the attacks
  • Two new suicide bombers identified: Samy Amimour, 28, at the Bataclan theatre and Syrian-born Ahmad al-Mohammad, 25, at Stade de France
  • Over 150 police raids on Islamist targets conducted overnight in France
  • Foreign Office confirms one British fatality: rock mechandiser Nick Alexander
  • French warplanes drop 20 bombs on Isis de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria
  • David Cameron: seven attacks foiled in six months
  • A total of 129 people died in the attacks on bars and restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France

After turning off its lights on Friday, the Eiffel Tower has been illuminated in the red, white and blue of the French Tricolore.

More information has emerged about the Algerian national arrested by Police in Germany. Reuters has reported the man spoke to Syrian refugees in Arnsberg in western Germany with prior knowledge of the attacks in Paris. He also knew that bombs would be used to carry out the attacks.
German officials are now said to be looking at around 50 known individuals who have returned to the country after fighting in Iraq and Syria.

More US states have said they will not accept Syrian refugees in the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris. Texas, Arkansas, Indiana and Louisiana have joined Alabama and Michigan saying the violence in Paris has shown it is too dangerous to accept refugees from the embattled country, Reuters reported.

A Syrian passport found near one of the suicide bombers showing the holder had crossed into the UK following the 13 November attacks has stoked fears IS militants are disguising themselves as refugees to enter Europe.

Reuters reports German police have detained a man of Algerian origin in connection with the attacks on Friday.

Donald Trump
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on November 13 Getty

Donald Trump has said he would consider closing mosques in the US if security was threatened in a way similar to the Paris attacks. "We have to be much tougher," he told MSNBC.

"We are going to have to give up certain privileges that we've always had," the business magnate and US presidential hopeful added.

In the immediate aftermath of the Paris bombings, Trump used the tragedy to air his views on US gun control. He claimed the effect of the attacks would have been mitigated if the victims had guns.

Speaking in the House of Commons the Home Secretary Theresa May has reiterated expansion to the intelligence services by 15%. She has said funds will be made available to create 1,900 jobs across MI6, MI5 and GCHQ.

"France does not grieve alone," she adds.

Hollande says 5,000 new police jobs will be created to increase security.

French president announces searches ongoing across the country's departments. He says the the attacks on Paris has placed IS in a "new stage".

Hollande calls for vote this week on legislation to change France's emergency law and will extent current footing by 3 months. "We must evolve our constitution" the French leader said, explaining France's current emergency law is out of date. It was created in 1955 to deal with the Algerian crisis.

Hollande says: "Every day they [Islamic State] massacre and oppress populations."

"We need to destroy Daesh," he says, calling for a UN resolution to address the joint will of the international community to fight the militant group.

Hollande confirms French forces conducted air strikes on an IS command and control centre and a training centre in Syria following the Paris attacks.

The French President says the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is to travel to eastern Mediterranean to triple France's capacity to fight the Islamic State.

Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande addresses the country's leader at Versailles

French officials and President François Hollande observe a moment's silence in remembrance of those killed.

"France is at war," Hollande says as he beings his address. "It is an attack against this country, against its youth and against its way of living.

"France is a country of freedom," he says calling the attacks an "abomination". Hollande says the Republic will not be damaged by the attacks.

"If you have a handful of people who don't mind dying they can kill a lot of people," Obama tells reporters at the G20.

He explains it is not IS's sophistication which poses the threat but their ideology. Tracking IS operatives is a "constant effort of vigilance," he adds.

"The things we need to do we are already doing," Obama says. However it is his view and the view of his military advisors that ground troops should not be sent into Raqqa and Mosul.

US President Barrack Obama
US President Barrack Obama Speaking in Anatlya, Turkey at the G20 Summit

Speaking in Anatlya, Turkey at the G20 US President Barrack Obama has said the Islamic State represents "the face of evil". Adds US and its allies "united against this threat".

Two suspects are being held in custody on terrorism charges, according to Belgian prosecutors.

Italian police are reportedly hunting a 32-year-old French suspect named Baptiste Burgy on a black Seat who is allegedly linked to the Paris attacks, according to reports in Italian media.

There is no confirmation from authorities.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen has called for France to "immediately" stop taking in refugees and migrants.

The Molenbeek police operation is over, according to Belgian authorities. The mayor of the Brussels neighbourhood said the siege ended without injuries or further arrests.

Two explosions have been heard during a major police raid in Molenbeek during the manhunt for Salah Abdeslam.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind of the Paris terror attacks, told with Isis magazine Dabiq that it took several months to establish operations in Belgium

"As you know, Belgium is a member of the crusader coalition attacking the Muslims of Iraq and Shām," Abaaoud, also appearing under his nom de guerre of Abu Umar al-Baljiki, said in February.

"We faced a number of trials during the journey. We spent months trying to find a way into Europe, and by Allah's strength, we succeeded in finally making our way to Belgium," Abaaoud said. "We were then able to obtain weapons and set up a safe house while we planned to carry out operations against the crusaders."

Abdelhamid Abaaoud
Abdelhamid Abaaoud as he appears in Islamic State propaganda holding a black flag in Syria Twitter

Mohamed Abdeslam, brother of Paris attacks suspect Salah, has been released by French police.

A new Isis video has been released. It warns countries taking part in Syria's air strikes against the group that they will suffer France's fate. It also threatens attacks in Washington.

Turkish authorities told Buzzfeed they warned France twice about one of the suspects involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"We confirm that Ismaël Omar Mostefaï entered Turkey in 2013," said a senior Turkish official, who spoke on condition that he remained unidentified because he was not authorized to discuss intelligence matters. He added that "there is no record of him leaving the country," suggesting he left to join Syrian armed groups such as ISIS.

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Seven attackers died in the attacks carried out on Friday, most of them after detonating suicide belts. Here is what we know about the suspects involved so far.

Paris Monday attacks France
Members of the public look at floral tributes and messages at La Belle Equipe cafe on Rue de Charonne following Friday's terrorist attack Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Parisians have gone back to work on Monday but it wasn't business as usual in the French capital after the attacks on Friday that left more than 120 people dead. Schools reopened after Saturday's closure and traffic filled the streets as usual during the morning rush hour but a heavy atmosphere weighed on the city, amid tight security measures.

"It's not a normal Monday," said Zeher, 34, who works at a news kiosk metres from the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people where shot dead by a commando of Islamist militants during a rock concert. "You can tell from their faces that people are sad and tired from what happened at the weekend".

But most Parisians interviewed by IBTimes UK reporter Umberto Bacchi said they were not afraid.

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Follow our colleague Umberto Bacchi reporting from Paris: @UmbertoBacchi

Belgian prosecutor has denied media reports that suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels.

Europe has observed one minute of silence for the victims of last Friday's Paris attacks.

The moment of silence at the Place de La Republique was followed directly by twenty seconds of applause.

The crowd then spontaneously sang La Marseillaise.

Belgian broadcaster RTL reports that police has arrested Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam during Molenbeek raid.

Abdeslam Salah arrest warrant
The international arrest warrant issued for Abdeslam Salah, the prime suspect in the Paris attacks File

The raid in Molenbeek is still ongoing. There are reports that suspects have been arrested:

French Interior Minister Cazeneuve said that police conducted 168 raids overnight and 104 people have been placed under house arrest.

Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud
Isis Abdelhamid Abaaoud at the wheel of a car in Syria

The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin. Abaaoud was named in January as the alleged leader of a jihadi cell dismantled in Belgium.

Abaaoud managed to flee after two people were arrested in Athens in connection with the Belgian investigation. The country's justice minister said at the time that the arrests "did not succeed in nabbing the right person".

Two suspects belonging to Abaaoud's cell were shot dead in a fierce gun battle in the town of Verviers. They were plotting to kill Begian police officers.

Abaaoud spent time fighting alongside IS in Syria and was known to security forces after appearing in an IS video, at the wheel of a car transporting mutilated bodies to a mass grave.

His jihadist cell is linked to foiled Thalys attack in August and the foiled attack on Villejuif churches in April.

He is believed to have planned the Paris attacks from Syria, where he lives at the moment.

British security services prevented another attack in UK in October, making it seven prevented this year, Number 10 says.

The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks has been identified as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, also linked to thwarted train and church attacks.

Here's an alleged picture of him from Twitter:

Belgian police have carried out a raid in the district of Molenbeek in Brussels, where two attackers lived:

Bataclan suicide bomber Samy Amimour, born in 1987, was charged in 2012 for terrorism offences and placed under judicial supervision before dropping off the radar in 2013.

He was also subject of an international arrest warrant from the Interpol.

Amimour's family said that he went to Syria two years ago.

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The terror attacks in Paris were planned and organised from Syria, according to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. He also said that intelligence services had prevented attacks from happening since this summer, and know that more attacks were being planned in France and other European countries. The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State (Isis).

Senior Iraqi intelligence officials had warned members of the US-led coalition fighting IS of imminent assaults by the jihadist group just one day before the attacks. The dispatch stated that the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia.

The dispatch said the Iraqis had no specific details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official told the AP that French intelligence gets this kind of communication "all the time" and "every day."

A total of 150 raids on suspected Islamist militants have been carried out across France, Valls said. Most of the raids were conducted against radical jihadist not linked to the Friday's attacks but accused of "pouring hatred on the Republic".

The anti-terrorism units Raid and GIPN, both tactical units of French federal forces, were leading the crackdown after the Paris attacks. Local reports suggest several homes in Toulouse, Grenoble and Calais were searched as part of the coordinated raids, alongside operations in a Paris suburb. At least three people have been taken into custody. Some reports suggest several arrests were made.

A total of 129 people died in the attacks on bars and restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France. Seven attackers were killed during the attacks, six having killed themselves with suicide explosive belts, and one being shot by a police officer in the Bataclan theatre.

A French official has told the New York Times that police are searching for an eighth person, from the Paris area, who might have participated in the attacks. Police named him as Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam, 26. He was reportedly stopped by French officers in the wake of the attacks, but then let go. Police have described Salah Abdeslam as dangerous, and warned people not to approach him. French media have named a fourth attacker as "Samy" from Bobigny, who is believed to have attacked the Bataclan theatre.

Meanwhile, France has launched air strikes on IS positions in Syria, targeting the group's de facto capital of Raqqa. "The raid...including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped," the Defence Ministry said. Among the targets were a munitions depot and training camp, it said.