Facebook page: NZers in France safe

French police secure the area outside a cafe near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France (Reuters)
French police secure the area outside a cafe near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France (Reuters)

All the members of a New Zealanders in France Facebook page are safe, one of the group's administrators says.

At least 160 people have been reported dead in shootings and explosions across Paris on Friday night (local time).

About 100 people were killed at a popular Bataclan concert hall after they were held hostage by at least three gunmen, while another 60 people died in at least five other locations including.

There are 249 New Zealanders registered as being in France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says.

New Zealanders in France administrator Garth Paull said all of the Facebook group's 1088 members were safe.

"We are currently in contact and ensuring that all members are contacting loved ones back home. We are also setting up a members' support line with some of the admin members of the group," he told Fairfax.

"If you know or hear of anyone that hasn't heard from someone, please provide details and we will do our best to get a hold of them."

Security forces launched an assault on the Bataclan venue in central Paris to free hostages taken by alleged jihadists, killing three.

One Paris police official has described "carnage" inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages.

The police operation followed at least six simultaneous attacks across the French capital.

The Bataclan hall was to host a concert by US rock band Eagles Of Death Metal, only 200m from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo, which were attacked by jihadists in January.

Another three people were reported killed near the Stade de France stadium, where France was playing Germany in a football match.

French President Francois Hollande was evacuated from the stadium before the match ended.

He later declared a state of emergency across the country and announced the closure of France's borders.

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