Skip to navigationSkip to content
AP Photo/Peter Dejong
A man reads a newspaper with a headline reading “War in the heart of Paris” in a hotel lobby in Paris.
SHOCKED SILENCE

Photos: Paris’s eerie, uneasy quiet the morning after deadly terror attacks

By Annalisa Merelli

After the deadly attacks shook Paris on the evening and night of Nov. 13, president François Hollande called the state of emergency and Parisians were advised to stay indoors and safe until the state of emergency was over. Schools, museums, markets and many other public places will remain closed on Nov. 14:

After the many thousands who were out last night managed to find shelter, and as the dead and wounded were transported away from the streets, the city fell into the deepest emptiness and silence.

The only people to be seen were police and military, and a few mourners bringing tributes to the victims:

Visitors are for the most part confining themselves to their hotels:

AP Photo/Peter Dejong
A man reads a newspaper with a headline reading “War in the heart of Paris” in a hotel lobby in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.

 

 

Locals can’t access their neighborhoods:

AP Photo/Peter Dejong
A roadblock in rue de Charonne, Paris.

Outside the restaurant where some people were shot, there were only police and mourners:

AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Outside Le Bataclan.

The city’s most famous landmarks were deserted, and patrolled by police:

Reuters/Pascal Rossignol
Police patrol at Place de la République.
Reuters/Yves Herman
La Tour Eiffel.

Stations were empty:

Reuters/Yves Herman
Gare du Nord train station.

And so were trains:

For the first time in its 23-year history, Disneyland Paris was closed:

But just before silence descended on the city, there were some sounds of hope and defiance, as people exited the soccer game in Stade de France, singing La Marseillaise, France’s national anthem:

For all of our coverage on the Paris attacks.