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.
#PorteOuverte If you need a place to stay tonight in the 18th we can host a few people, clean bedding, tea, and internet if you need it!
— Gaybby (@gabshnks) November 13, 2015
— Dawid Auguscik (@DawidAuguscik) November 13, 2015
#PorteOuverte I live by Gate du Nord in the 10eme on rue de Dunkerque.
Please call if you need shelter or wine: +33781784949
— Lloyd (@lloyd_ay) November 13, 2015
#porteouverte send me a message for a safe place in canal Saint Martin. Please be safe
— Florian Duretz (@duretzflo) November 13, 2015
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.
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.
French president Francois Hollande has called the attacks the deadliest in France since World War II.