OTTAWA — Canadians at home and abroad are expressing shock over attacks in Paris that have killed dozens of people around the city.
Mike Miltmore from Kamloops, B.C., was eating dinner at a restaurant in the French capital when shots rang out nearby.
"Police came in with machine guns and everything like that, and they were shooing everyone out into the streets," he said. "It's actually a little scary when you don't know what's going on."
The restaurant was evacuated and Miltmore was sent to his hotel room blocks away.
Amelia Aspen and her husband arrived home at their Paris apartment around the time the attacks began.
"We got a message from a friend saying, 'Something is going on in your neighbourhood, stay inside your apartment,' and we did," said the artist, who moved from Edmonton, Alta. with her husband in October.
Aspen said the couple has been watching what's happening on the news and listening to a lot of sirens.
Canadian political leaders have taken to Twitter to respond to the attacks.
Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted that her thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the people of Paris.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair expressed shock at the "horrific" attacks and says he and his wife Catherine are praying for the victims and their families.
The Canadian government has issued a notice advising Canadians in the capital to be extremely vigilant.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was expected to speak to media about the attacks Friday evening. (CFJC, The Canadian Press)
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