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Western reaches out to 16 students studying in France after Paris attacks

Update–10:20 a.m., Saturday, Nov.14:

The four Western students studying abroad in Paris have been located and are safe, according to University Communications Director Paul Cocke. The university has yet to receive a response from the remaining students studying in other regions of France, he said.
Cocke encouraged students who have been directly or indirectly affected by the Paris attacks to reach out to Counseling Services on campus at 650-3164.
According to live updates by BBC, 128 people have been killed as well as an estimated 80 more in critical condition, though multiple news outlets are reporting unconfirmed numbers higher than this.


6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13:

Western has reached out to 16 students studying abroad in France, including four based in Paris, in response to the recent terrorist attack in Paris, Friday, Nov. 13. The status of these students has yet to  be confirmed.

According to live updates by BBC, an estimated 128 people as of the morning of Saturday, Nov. 14. have been killed at multiple locations around Paris by gun and bomb attacks, including 100 hostages within the Bataclan concert hall. Three different restaurants were also attacked, as well as a reported suicide attack near the Stade de France, where a soccer game was occurring.

University Communications Director Paul Cocke confirmed that no university employees are on university business, though that does not include anyone there for personal reasons. Western has reached out to the five students from France currently studying at Western.

Counseling services are available for students for anyone directly or indirectly affected, and they can call 650-3164.

The Western Front will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


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