Bar owner who protected patrons recalls #ParisAttacks

The man says everyone thought the initial explosion was part of the heavy metal show next door.

FILE: A shooting broke out in northern Paris, in Saint-Denis, early on 18 November 2015. Picture: AFP/Thomas Samson.

PARIS - The owner of a bar next to the Bataclan music hall says he sheltered his patrons for five hours after the shooting as police secured the area.

The popular music venue saw the biggest loss of life in the Paris attacks.

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Xavier Sarraute has owned Apérock Café for the last two years.

The French police officer turned bar owner has told Eyewitness News one of his barmen was at the concert that night.

He says everyone thought the initial explosion was part of the heavy metal show next door.

"After two or three seconds, we heard lots of explosions. I just realised that it was gunshots as I was a police officer before for 10 years."

He then headed outside.

"I saw everybody looking around outside and we then took everybody inside. We closed the door, we asked them to go to the second floor of the pub."

A Paris prosecutor has confirmed the alleged mastermind of the attacks was shot dead in an early morning raid in Saint-Denis this week.