Following the devastating ISIS attacks in Paris in which at least 128 people were reportedly killed in six incidents on Friday, according to CNN, social media became a hub for shelter for people who were stranded on the streets after the attacks.
The hashtag #porteouverte, meaning "open door," started trending on Twitter on Friday, as Parisians opened their doors to strangers to provide them shelter. Some users openly posted their home addresses on Twitter while others utilized the hashtag and asked anyone who was stranded to direct message them for the address. Facebook users were also encouraged to "check in" on the social network to let friends and families know they were safe.
#porteouverte send me a message for a safe place in canal Saint Martin. Please be safe- Florian Duretz (@duretzflo) November 13, 2015
Anyone, come to Rue Keller. I can get the door open if you need. Lot of cops here. #PorteOuverte- Simon Wasselin (@SimonWasselin) November 13, 2015
To show support for the victims of Paris, a drawing that combines the Eiffel Tower with a peace symbol is being widely shared across social media. The image was created by French graphic designer, Jean Jullien, who tweeted the image with the words "Peace for Paris," which has been retweeted 42,000+ times.
Peace for Paris pic.twitter.com/ryf6XB2d80- jean jullien (@jean_jullien) November 13, 2015
ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for what is now recorded as the worst violence to take place in France since World War II. The deadliest of the six attacks occurred at a concert hall, where at least 80 lives were reportedly taken. USA Today reports that France is under a state of emergency and the borders are sealed, and that there's a curfew in place for the first time since WWII. Authorities and government officials are still gathering information regarding the attacks.
If there's one positive that can come from such a heinous act, it's the fact that Paris is coming together in this time of need to help out their own and show support for their city.
Our hearts go out to you, Paris, and we hope you stay safe.