An Isis statement calls Paris the “capital of abominations and perversion” and said the attacks were carried out by eight ‘brothers’ armed with guns and wearing suicide vests.

It singles out the football match and rock concert, calling it “perverse”, suggesting the targets were deliberately chosen.

It blames France for a “crusade” against Muslims, both in its military operations against Isis in Syria and Iraq and laws at home, and threatens more attacks in the future.

Isis have now officially claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks in a statement in Arabic and French.

More from the French President, Francois Hollande, who says the attacks were “committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.” 

He said France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.” France “will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country.” 

“We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,” he said at the Bataclan, the site of one of the attacks, according to the Guardian.

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