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Chicago Alliance Francais official watches Paris attack: "I know those places very well"

Police forces, firefighters and rescue workers secure the area near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. More than 100 people were killed in an "unprecedented" series of bombings and shootings across Paris and at the Stade de France stadium. | Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Staff at the Alliance Française de Chicago staff watched the Paris attacks unfold Friday, concerned for colleagues and loved ones, the Reader is reporting.

Geoffrey Ruiz, director of the learning center at Alliance, says executive director Jack McCord is in Paris but safe.

“Obviously everyone here is very shocked here as you can imagine,” Ruiz told the alternative weekly newspaper.

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