Parisians launched the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which translates to #OpenDoor, on Twitter to offer shelter and safety to those stranded in the city after dozens of people were gunned down at three locations Friday.
A hostage situation involving scores more people was underway in a concert hall, police said.
“If you’re in Paris and trying to find shelter, browse the #PorteOuverte hashtag. People are welcoming you! Don’t stay outside!” one account tweeted.
The hashtag is trending and an influx of people applauding the effort are crowding out tweets offering a place to stay, making it challenging for those in need of help to find it.
France 24 is reporting that Parisian taxi drivers are turning off their meters and driving people home — or to safety — for free.
At least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said. (Nov. 13)
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