French search for friends online
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