Over the past few days I have been in Paris covering the horrendous attacks which happened on Friday night. I began at Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge, which had just been released as a crime scene, and continued to the Bataclan Café, Café Bon Bierre and Le Belle Equipe where tributes and memorials had sprung up as soon as the Police released the crime scenes.
One of the most heartwarming moments was seeing a long line of people queuing across the road at Hôpital Saint Louis to donate their blood. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds had come out to provide blood for the hundreds of victims who were still fighting for their lives.
Place de la République quickly became a centre for people to gather and mourn communally. On Saturday the police tried to keep people away, but by Sunday, thousands were visiting the square throughout the day to pay their respects.
On Sunday night, as hundreds gathered at Place de la République, firecrackers were let off, which the crowds mistook for gunfire, resulting in mass panic as people fled away and armed police rushed to secure the square. It was a good example of how on edge the people and police of Paris continue to be.
Although 1,500 soldiers were immediately drafted into Paris following the attacks, they remained mostly on standby rather than on the streets over the weekend, except at high profile tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Around the city more police officers were armed with sub-machine guns and rifles, alongside their handguns.
By Monday, the memorials had grown and people began grieving more openly, as the names and stories of the victims started being revealed.