Scottish Daily Mail

Did preg­nant girl hang­ing from win­dow es­cape alive?

- From Emine Sin­maz and Larisa Brown in Paris

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.’

 ??  ?? Cling­ing to life: The woman and an­other fan hang on be­fore, inset, a man pulls her back in­side
Cling­ing to life: The woman and an­other fan hang on be­fore, inset, a man pulls her back in­side

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