Despite being told to stay safe at home, Parisians are lining up in droves to donate blood after a series of deadly attacks on the city.
Several media outlets reported long lines at hospitals, especially at Hospital Saint-Louis, near the site of the attacks in central Paris.
Long line of people queuing to give blood at hospital opposite Le Petit Cambodge restaurant. https://t.co/b1RTHsRTB3— Tim Chester (@timchester) November 14, 2015
Queue of people waiting to give blood opposite the restaurants where 14 died pic.twitter.com/UA49NCR9TQ— Robert Nisbet (@RobNisbetSky) November 14, 2015
People have been queuing for up to 3 hours to give blood in Paris. This is where you can help: pic.twitter.com/iwlgLwtOI3— Alana Anderson (@alanaanderson_) November 14, 2015
Camille Ruiz, a 26-year-old project manager waiting in line, told The Telegraph that donating blood was her "concrete way" of helping.
"It's the only way I can think of to respond," she said.
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) November 14, 2015
Philippe Bierlin, director of the French Blood Establishment said France's national blood service has enough supplies to meet the needs of those injured, but they need to replenish stock.
"It is very important that we mobilize donors in response to the dramatic attacks," he told the Telegraph.
Bierlin said hospitals have been overwhelmed by donation offers.
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