Steven Spielberg cancels the premiere of his film Bridge of Spies following the Paris terror attacks

Director was travelling to Paris from Berlin when news of the atrocities came through

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The Paris premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies has been cancelled in the wake of the terror attacks in the French capital.

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The director is understood to have been travelling from Berlin to Paris for Sunday night’s premiere when the tragedy struck.

“In light of the tragedy in Paris, we have canceled our scheduled film events. Further, we stand with the people of Paris and our thoughts go out to all those affected by these horrible events,” Fox said in a statement.

The filmmaker had been in Berlin on Friday for the German premiere of Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks as real-life lawyer James B. Donovan who helped negotiate the release of the pilot of a U-2 spy plane shot down by the Russians in 1960.

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Following last night’s attacks, French president Francois Hollande announced that he was closing the country’s borders and declaring a state of emergency. The death toll could top 120 after shootings and explosions at six sites, including a concert hall.