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French Football President comments on Stade de France attacks

APTOPIX France Paris Shootings

Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. At least 35 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular theater where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said Friday. Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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There were three explosions around the Stade de France today in the midst of attacks throughout Paris.

France was playing Germany in an international friendly at the time, as explosions could be heard from inside the stadium during the match.

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French President Francois Hollande was at the match at the Stade de France, but left at halftime as the attacks unfolded.

President of the French Football Federation Noel Le Graet spoke to Canal+, saying the stadium was evacuated after the match.

There was a bomb explosion at the entrance to Gate J. Three deaths and some injured.

At this time, the stadium is secure. People can exit normally. The president [Francois Hollande] had to leave at a very early stage because of the shootings that took place in Paris to join the Interior Ministry.


The French national team is scheduled to play a friendly in London against England on Tuesday, however that match is likely to be cancelled. A spokesperson with the English FA has said talks will be held with the French Federation to discuss the matter.