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France tells citizens how to react during terror attack

PARIS -- With a country still reeling after the worst attacks in recent memory, France has issued a step-by-step guide on "how to react in the event of a terrorist attack."

Posted Friday on the government's website, the guide has three-step instructions informing citizens they should "escape, hide, alert" in the face of danger.

It features diagrams suggesting ways to better protect oneself - such as obstructing doorways with sofas, turning android devices to silent, hiding low under windows and not running toward police officers.

The guide can be downloaded at

In the U.S., authorities advise people to take similar steps during active shooter situations, like Wednesday's rampage that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

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In Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told Anderson Cooper during a "60 Minutes" interview broadcast last month that people should also consider taking action.

"I always say if you can get out, getting out's your first option, your best option," Lanier said. "If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it's the best option for saving lives before police can get there. And that's kind of counterintuitive to what cops always tell people, right? We always tell people, 'Don't,' you know, 'don't take action, call 911. Don't intervene in the robbery.' We've never told people, take action. It's a different, this is a different scenario."

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