Scottish Daily Mail
Did pregnant girl hanging from window escape alive?
CLINGING to the window ledge by her fingertips, a pregnant woman tries to escape the massacre inside the Bataclan.
Shocking video footage shows her begging for help, saying: ‘Sir, sir, please, I’m going to slip, I’m pregnant, I’m going to slip.’
She desperately holds on until a man arrives at the window and grabs her by the arms. The footage, which is punctuated by the sound of gunfire from inside the Parisian music venue, cuts off before her rescue is completed.
She was one of two people filmed clinging to the side of the building. Below them panicked music fans can be seen fleeing through an emergency exit on Friday night. One man limps to safety along a pavement that is flooded with the blood of victims of the Islamic State fanatics.
Another escaper is dragging the almost lifeless body of a friend. Corpses litter the narrow street amid cries for friends and relatives.
Daniel Psenny, a reporter for Le Monde, captured the footage at 10pm in Passage Saint-Pierre Amelot in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
He was shot in the arm as he tried to help the wounded and, according to his newspaper, he was awaiting surgery last night.
Mr Psenny said he was watching TV
‘Nothing can prepare you for this’
when he heard loud bangs he assumed were firecrackers.
But when they continued he went to his window which overlooks the emergency exit of the Bataclan.
He said: ‘Everyone was running in every direction, I saw guys on the floor, blood ... I understood that there was something serious. A woman was clinging to the window on the second floor of Bataclan. I thought about the images of September 11.’
Mr Psenny stopped filming and went out to offer victims refuge. He said he was helping an American man who had been shot in the leg when he himself was shot in the arm.
A restaurant turned into a hospital as fleeing victims ran from the Bataclan covered in blood.
Its chef, Rodolphe Paquin, said he gave 40 people shelter in two upstairs rooms at Le Repaire de Cartouche, just yards from the concert venue. ‘It turned into a hospital’, said Mr Paquin, 46. ‘I told them we just have to accept we are in a war now.
‘The police came in about 10pm and said we had to lock all the doors and not come out until they said so. It became a hospital with firemen coming in to treat the wounded.’
One of his waiters told the Daily Mail: ‘It was like a Call of Duty game. Nothing can prepare you for what happened that night.’