Paris Attack Victims: How a Frenchman Died Throwing Himself in Front of Bullets to Save Friends
Desperate loved-ones hoping for news of the missing after the Paris attacks took their search to the world through social media.
A special stream of messages on Twitter, all grouped under the tag “#rechercheParis” – meaning “search Paris”, has taken the place of an official list of the missing.
In the hours after the attacks it swelled with names and pictures of brothers, sisters, girlfriends and boyfriends, not seen since heading off for a night out in Paris. Most are the faces of students and young professionals, from France and other countries across the world. The youngest listed was a girl of just 17.
In a few cases the messages are followed up with relieved updates or, for some, news that that they were injured but alive.
But for many there was no news at all.
French President Francois Hollande said on Monday in a special joint session of parliament at the Palace of Versailles, that the Paris attacks targeted “youth in all its diversity”.