On the night of November 13, 2015, attackers targeted five sites in Paris and the Stade de France. Across all of the locations, 130 people were killed and hundreds were injured.
In the attack on the stadium alone, three people were killed. According to a police union official, there were two suicide attacks and one bombing outside the stadium during a soccer match between France and Germany. One of the bombers attempted to enter the stadium, but security stopped him. The explosives went off at the same time about 15 minutes into the soccer match and occurred at two of the stadium’s entrances and a nearby McDonald’s. A French prosecutor stated that the explosives were of poor quality but were powerful enough to scatter the bombers’ remains dozens of meters away.
In response to the attacks, French President François Hollande, the prime minister and the general who leads the Paris fire department were evacuated following the explosions. However, the soccer match continued uninterrupted because of the uncertainty of the situation outside the arena. People were told that there was a “technical problem” and that they could not leave.
To prevent or mitigate future attacks, French law enforcement officials trained using a fake explosion similar to the ones on the November 13 attack prior to the European soccer championship. They hope to reduce the number of injuries and deaths compared to the November attacks if an attack occurs.
If the American and European law enforcement agencies had communicated and shared information, they would have been able to better prepare for and anticipate the Paris terror attacks.