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Mourners gather at Le Petit Cambodge in Paris

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By Alasdair Sandford  with Gregoire Lory
Mourners gather at Le Petit Cambodge in Paris

Many came during the day on Saturday to pay their respects outside Le Petit Cambodge (“Little Cambodia”).

I'm a Muslim, I feel totally detached from what these people do. They're not Muslims, that's 100 percent sure

Reports said the shooting spree outside the small restaurant in Paris’ 10th district lasted between 30 seconds and a minute.

The owner told French TV that a car drew up and its occupants fired on the crowd.

At least a dozen – perhaps as many as 18 – were killed.

“I’m a Muslim, I feel totally detached from what these people do. They’re not Muslims, that’s 100 percent sure. These are people who think differently,” said one Paris resident at the scene on Saturday.

“We’re coming with friends to gather here and also at the Bataclan,” said a woman, visibly upset.

“It was important for you to be here this morning?” she was asked.

“With 18 people dead, yes. And I hope we will hold a big demonstration like with Charlie. We will have to show that we are strong and also in communicating that because it’s important,” she replied.

Huge numbers of people queued to give blood for the injured. The authorities say they have enough reserves for now; they’ve asked people to return during the week.

Correspondent Grégoire Lory reported for euronews from the area:
“The French and Parisians gather in the wake of the attacks which struck Paris; each showing solidarity in their own way. Some lay wreaths of flowers, others simply want to be there with the crowd, others give blood, as here in St. Louis, where Parisians sometimes waited over an hour to be able to donate their blood.”