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Parisians use #PorteOuverte to offer each other shelter after attacks

After a series of attacks in central Paris left more than 100 people dead on Friday, Parisian residents used social media to offer each help, and verify their safety for family and friends elsewhere.

On Twitter, residents used #PorteOuverte, which translates to “open door,” to ask for shelter and offer their homes to one another.

Facebook implemented a “Safety Check” page — a tool that the social network created in the event of disaster and tragedy — for people in the area to check in and let friends know that they were safe.

Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

Many offered only their general neighborhood as Twitter users warned each other not to tweet specific addresses.

Meanwhile, taxis in Paris reportedly turned off their meters to offer free rides home to anyone.

https://twitter.com/bonakor/status/665303851629613056

French president Francois Hollande has called the attacks the deadliest in France since World War II.

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