Ripon Grammar students are safe in Paris following terror attacks

activity by the Bataclan concert hall, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 120 people.
activity by the Bataclan concert hall, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 120 people.
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Ripon Grammar School has confirmed that a group of students and staff who are on an art trip in Paris are safe following the deadly terror attacks in the French capital.

The party of 26 sixth form students and three members of staff are staying in hotel near the Gard du Nord and are due back tomorrow.

A statement on the school's website says: "All are safe. The party is following the advice of the French authorities and staying indoors in the hotel.

"The party has all necessary provisions so that they can remain in the hotel. The party is currently planning to return home leaving Paris at lunchtime tomorrow as planned but is following government advice.

"The head teacher is keeping parents informed and the school is being supported by North Yorkshire county council. We will keep this post updated with latest developments."

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for a string of bomb and gun attacks in Paris which killed at least 127 people and wounded 180 more.

French president Francois Hollande has denounced the attacks as an “act of war” and vowed that France would be “pitiless” in its response to the “absolute barbarity”.

Speaking after an emergency meeting of senior government and security officials at the Elysee Palace, Mr Hollande declared three days of national mourning.

For updates on the Ripon Grammar School Paris trip visit the website here