The Hindu

French search for friends online

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PARIS:

Survivors of the Paris attacks seeking shelter and people worried about friends or families all took to social media overnight. Using the hashtag #rechercheP­aris, many posted poignant appeals on Twitter to find loved ones who had been close to the bloodshed.

"If anyone has news of Lola, aged 17, at #Bataclan this evening, contact us," read one post, while another expressed concern for a friend Thibault, who was also at the concert. "He's not getting back to me: help me."

Others who managed to track down their loved ones tweeted their gratitude: "Thanks to all for your RT (retweets), Alice Q is alive!" France's interior ministry also set up an official platform www.securite.interieur.gouv.fr asking for any informatio­n "that may be useful to advance the investigat­ion, identify the victims and warn of new acts".

It said police would "quickly contact" users looking for missing people. — AFP

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