Video - Paris bomb explodes during France v Germany match

Fans gathered on the pitch at the Stade de France after the match
Fans gathered on the pitch at the Stade de France after the match

Three people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in Paris that was hosting a high profile international soccer match between France and Germany.

Initial reports suggest the explosion at the Stade de France was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The shocking events in Paris on Friday evening did not stop the match from reaching a conclusion, but French President Francois Hollande was forced to leave his seat at the game as the terror attacks rocked the French nation.

Local reports suggested there were three explosions near the Stade de France, while elsewhere in the French capital gunmen shot dead diners at a restaurant and hostages were taken at a concert venue.

"The evening was spoiled by the events around the Stade de France. There was an explosion at the entrance of the J door causing three deaths and some wounded," confirmed Noel Le Graet, The president of the French Football Federation.

The explosion can be heard here as the match was underway:

Thousands of fans gathered on the pitch at the end of the game as they came to terms with the attacks on Paris, with some seemingly reluctant to leave with the threat on the streets outside still seemingly very real.

Police eventually evacuated the stadium, with fans left to make their way home in a city that was under attack.

Earlier in the day, the Germany team had been evacuated from their hotel amid bomb threats, with their head coach Joachim Low left stunned by the turn of events at the game.

"We are all in shock," said Low. "The game and the goals move into the background on a day like this.

'We were told in the changing rooms what had happened. All of us on the bench were a bit scared because of a bomb threat earlier today when we spent three hours outside (our hotel).'