Three killed in attack at Stade de France

Three people have been killed in an attack outside the Stade de France during France's friendly against Germany on Friday night, with reports suggesting it was a suicide blast.

More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in multiple attacks across Paris. 

French President Francois Hollande was in attendance at the match, and managed to leave safely, before declaring a state of emergency.

A blast could be heard in the 20th minute of the match, which France won 2-0.

Fans were initially hesitant to leave after the match, unsure of where to go and many streamed onto the field, with a stadium announcer later telling fans to avoid certain exits  “due to events outside."

The players and officials watched the events unfold on monitors in the tunnel.

“We’re all shaken and shocked,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “For me personally, the game and the sport loses importance. We’re at a loss. We don’t know what to do.”

"The French Football Federation shares the emotion that shakes the nation," said Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation.

Le Graet explained that official took the decision at half-time not to tell the players or fans of the events that were unfolding outside of the stadium and elsewhere in the capital.

“We didn’t want to spread panic in the crowd,” he said.

Simon Cooper, a journalist who was at the Stade de France, told the BBC: “Francois Hollande was at the game at the beginning and he left during the game… because of what was happening in central Paris with the shootings. There was a huge amount of uncertainty here, but strangely the match was played out and the fans cheered the French goals as if nothing was happening.”

Hollande addressed the public in a televised speech later in the night.

“This is a terrible ordeal that again assails us,” he said. “We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are.”

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