#PorteOuverte: Paris Opens Its Doors for People Stranded by Terrorist Attacks

As chaos spread across Paris, people turned to social media to help and comfort others in need.
By Christine Linnell
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    In the face of attacks on Paris that left more than 100 people dead and caused panic and grief throughout the world, many kind Parisians used social media to offer refuge to strangers.

    The hashtag #PorteOuverte, meaning “Doors Open,” trended throughout the night as people in Paris volunteered their homes for shelter and comfort. Meanwhile, Americans did their part with #StrandedInUS, for people on their way to France who were stuck in America due to the attacks.

    On such a dark day, it’s comforting to be reminded of people’s generosity and strength in the face of tragedy.

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    (A word of advice – people on the ground in Paris are urging you to avoid using the #PorteOuverte hashtag unless you are actually in Paris and need or can provide shelter – otherwise the feed could be cluttered with unhelpful tweets.)

    Over on Facebook, they have activated the “Safety Check” feature where people in or near Paris can check in and let their loved ones know they’re okay.

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