Day 6

Day 6 special coverage: Paris attacks

The morning after the Paris attacks, this special edition of Day 6 focuses in on the events and their aftermath.
Clockwise from top left: People hug on the street following the fatal attacks (Christian Hartmann/Reuters); Woman is evacuated after shooting outside the Bataclan theater (Thibault Camus/Associated Press); Children hold vigil for victims of Paris attacks (Jayanta Dey/Reuters); Police vehicles block the street in front of the Bataclan concert hall (Charles Platiau/Reuters); Wounded people are evacuated outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris (Yoan Valat/EPA); French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall (Christian Hartmann/Reuters). (Reuters/AP/EPA)
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France is in shock and today begins three days of official mourning. The city and the country are still under a state of emergency. There's a strong military presence in the capital. And all of this comes as Parisians mourn their fellow citizens who were killed in the act of simply living their lives.

Today ISIS released a statement taking responsibility for the attacks. It is the first time the Islamic State has taken actions of this scale in a European capital. This morning in Paris, President Francois Hollande called the attacks an act of war and  laid the blame on the Islamic State.

Today on Day 6, we're taking a closer look at last night's chaos and violence — and the consequences of the attacks for the West and the campaign in Syria and Iraq.

Melissa Chemam is a freelance journalist based in Paris. She gave us an overview of the situation Paris awoke to after a night of atrocity.

Sebastien Massaferro, is a journalist based in Paris. He was inside the Bataclan concert hall when it was attacked, but managed to escape.

Max Abrahms is a professor of political science at Northeastern University and a member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He spoke to Brent about the Islamic State's claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris, and what they reveal about the militant group's evolving strategy.

Jez Littlewood is the Director of Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies at Carleton University. He discussed the significance of the so-called "soft targets" chosen for last night's attacks.

James Shields is the author of "The Extreme Right in France" and a professor of French politics at Aston University. He spoke to Brent about how last night's attacks could impact the political situation in France at a time when anti-immigration sentiments are running high in the country.