As many as 140 people have been killed in the terror attacks that unfolded in Paris this evening.
Given the significance and severity of the attacks, B.C. Premier Christy Clark has issued a statement offering her condolences:
Like all Canadians, I was shocked and sickened by the news from Paris.
For centuries, France has been a beacon of light and example for the world, and remains one of our closest friends and allies. Tonight, all Canadians and British Columbians stand with them, both in grief for those who were killed, but also in resolve. Those who commit such acts of violence want to change us, and our shared values. They will fail.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and with security personnel who put their lives at risk to keep others safe.
Vive la France.
The highly synchronized attacks began just after 9 p.m. Paris time. Suicide bombings occurred outside the Stade de France and shootings ripped through restaurants, bars, and a theatre, where 100 people were reportedly killed.
France is in a state of emergency and lockdown with the borders closed. Public buildings including schools, universities, libraries, and museums will be closed on Saturday as terrorists are still at large.