A Minnesota couple vacationing in Paris enjoyed two days of sightseeing before they saw images on their hotel television of the carnage spreading through the city Friday evening.
Michael and Lisa Heuer of Chaska left the Twin Cities on Wednesday. Michael tells BringMeTheNews they spent an enjoyable day at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday and continued touring the city Friday.
He writes that he and his wife were close to one of the areas where a shooting would later take place. They noticed police officers with guns, he says, but didn't think much of it.
Heuer writes that after dinner they boarded the metro at 9 p.m. local time to return to their hotel and describes the situation this way:
"Again nothing out of the ordinary until we transferred to a different metro and we saw several police/military people with automatic weapons. We joked as we got on the next train that they really upped the security after it was dark.
Shortly after arriving back at our hotel we turned the news on and that is where we are now. Glued to the tv!
We are scared at the moment and not sure what tomorrow will be like.
Tomorrow is supposed to be our last day here then we head to Barcelona."
French President Francois Hollande closed the country's borders Friday evening, the New York Times reports, and mobilized the military as the country responds to a series of attacks and a hostage situation.
Fox Nine reports the University of Minnesota was working to contact three students who are in Paris, MPR News says three private colleges in the state confirmed the safety of their students there.
The Pioneer Press and KARE 11 report that, in spite of the French border closing, a flight from the Twin Cities took off Friday evening and is scheduled to land in Paris at 8:57 a.m.
A statement from Delta Airlines said its flights to France were continuing Friday evening but its team was monitoring the situation and would update customers with any schedule adjustments.