On November 13th 2015 two police officials said that at least 26 people have been killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, in the deadliest violence in France in decades.
One of the police officials said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and about 15 killed in the Bataclan theatre, where a hostage-taking is under way.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.
An official in Francois Hollande's office told The Associated Press that the French president is meeting with top security officials in the Interior Ministry.
The official gave no other details. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.
Confused football fans were being evacuated after two loud explosions were head during a game at the Stade de France stadium in Paris on November 13th.
A police union official said there were two suicide attacks and a bombing near the national stadium where France and Germany were playing a friendly match.
Several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented attacks around Paris, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency.
At least 35 people died in shootings and explosions at multiple sites, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said.
The series of attacks gripped the city in fear and recalled the horrors of the Charlie Hebdo carnage in January 2015.
Medical staff and investigators continued to remove bodies from the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris early on November 14th, after attackers killed at least 100 people inside.
The attackers opened fire on a crowd waiting to hear American rock band Eagles of Death Metal perform.
One witness heard them yell "Allahu Akbar" - God is great in Arabic - as they started their killing spree and took hostages.
French police authorities said the assailants also wore explosive belts, which they detonated.
Flags were flown at half mast at the Elysee Palace on November 14th in honour of the victims of the attacks in Paris on November 13th.
At the corner of the rue Bichat and rue Alibert in Paris' trendy 10th arrondissement, floral tributes are being laid in memory of November 13th's shooting victims, amid bloodstains on the pavement.
Just opposite the sad scene, the blood bank of the St. Louis Hospital has a long line of Parisiens waiting patiently to do what they can to help.
Shortly after noon, municipal workers arrived, tasked with cleaning up the gruesome scene as best they can, without disturbing the scene of public mourning.
The whole neighbourhood is in shock.
Cinemas, post offices, museums and other attractions in the city are closed.
Parisians gathered in the city's Place de la Republique in the early hours of November 15th to commemorate the victims of the attacks that rocked the French capital on November 13th.
Candles were placed on the ground and on the central monument in memory of the fallen.
Many people underlined the importance of staying united, despite the distressing circumstances.
The vigil started on Saturday despite authorities banning all public demonstrations in the Paris area until Thursday.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb rampage that targeted a concert hall, as well as restaurants and a football stadium.
At least 129 people died, with hundreds more wounded.
Crowds gathered in the same location in January following the shooting at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.
A large police operation is under way in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis and it's believed to be linked to the deadly attacks on the French capital, a police official said on November 18th.
French police on November 18th were removing a man in a white t-shirt from an apartment building in the Paris suburb of St Denis.
Earlier on November 18th, a woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself as heavily armed police tried to storm the suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's gun and bomb rampage was believed to be holed up, police said.
They said one man was also killed and five people arrested in the standoff, which began before dawn and continued more than five hours later. One person remained inside the apartment.
French police on November 18th were seen escorting away people from an apartment building in the Paris suburb of St Denis.
Officials say seven people have been arrested in a raid on an apartment building where suspects in November 13th's Paris attacks were holed up.
A senior police official and the Paris prosecutor's office say that the seven were arrested November 18th in the building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
French President Francois Hollande told a meeting of mayors on November 18th that France was at "war against a terrorist who has himself decided to declare war on us."
Brussels is more accustomed to the toing and froing of European diplomats than to truckloads of soldiers patrolling the streets.
Its stores and markets should be bustling in the run-up to Christmas.
But three days of the highest terror alert and unprecedented measures that have closed down the city's subways, schools and main stores, has created a very different atmosphere as the Belgian capital tries to avoid attacks similar to the ones that caused devastating carnage in Paris.
"Of course we are scared, everyone is scared here. We are scared for our children, for ourselves, for our own lives. We are scared to take public transport," said Cathy Frederic, who works in Brussels.
On November 23rd, Prime Minister Charles Michel announced Brussels would remain at the highest alert level for a fourth consecutive day, but that schools and subways would reopen on Wednesday.
Michel said that decision was "a clear signal that we want to gradually return to normal life" and thanked the Belgian population for their understanding, noting that the country was facing an extremely difficult situation.
Two people have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of planning attacks in Brussels during the holidays, the federal prosecutor's office said November 29th.
The investigation revealed "the threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in Brussels and be committed during the end-of-year holidays," the prosecutor's office said.
A source close to the investigation said Grand Place, the Belgian capital's main square, thronged this time of year with holiday shoppers and strollers, was one of the suspected targets.
The two suspects, who the source said were male, were arrested following searches in the Brussels area, the Liege region and Flemish Brabant, the prosecutor's office said.
It did not disclose their names or further information about them.
The prosecutor's office said no additional details would be made public, but that the probe was not connected to the November 13th attacks in Paris, in which numerous suspects, including presumed ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud and fugitive Salah Abdeslam, had connections to Belgium.
Police and army patrols were greatly beefed up in Brussels following the Paris attacks.
Security officials themselves have been ordered to take special precautions to ensure their own safety, said the Belgian government's Crisis Centre.
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was bathed in the colours of the French flag on in a symbol of solidarity with France following the deadly attacks in Paris.
The Berlin landmark is situated just a few metres from the French embassy where crowds had gathered to lay tributes to the victims.
Monuments and buildings throughout the world were flooded with the colours of the French tricolour over the days and weeks after the Paris attacks
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.