Paris department stores are on high alert and have brought in extra security staff after 12 people were shot dead at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday (January 7).
The French government raised the city’s alert level to ‘alerte attentat’ (terrorist/assassination alert) after the attack and deployed some 500 armed police across the city, according to reports.
Emergency services are on standby and security controls have been tightened across Paris.
The incident coincided with the first day of France’s winter Sales, which are due to run until February 10.
Extra security staff could be seen at department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.
Police have launched a manhunt for the men believed to be responsible for the shooting.
Tens of thousands took to the Paris streets last night and crowds gathered in cities around the world to condemn the massacre.