Survivors of the carnage in Paris: What they saw, what they felt, and what they carry

Updated 8:58 AM ET, Sat November 21, 2015

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Paris (CNN)One woman curled into a fetal position and held her breath as bullets flew. Another took the hand of a stranger dying in a pool of blood. A man pulled a blanket up to warm a young girl's feet, only to see the fatal wound on her side.

The terrorist assault on Paris killed 130 and injured hundreds more -- most at a rock concert at the Bataclan, others while unwinding at restaurants, cafés and a bar.
The attacks also left thousands reeling -- their minds scarred by indelible images and grief. Here are their stories, in their own words, of a Friday night interrupted.
The Bataclan

'Terrorists are shooting, please come!' Denys Plaud The Bataclan

Denys Plaud was inside the concert hall to hear his favorite rock 'n' roll music when the shooting started.
"I heard the sound of firecrackers mixed with screams and I realized something scary was happening.
    "I ran up the stairs to the third floor and found a small room up there; I was fo