South Shields man lucky to escape Paris terror attack urges people not to stop living their lives.

Michael O'Connor and his girlfriend Sara Badel Craeye
Michael O'Connor and his girlfriend Sara Badel Craeye

The South Shields man caught up in the horrifying terror attacks in Paris is urging people not to stop living their lives.

Michael O’Connor has re-told the moment he and his girlfriend came within inches of death as they enjoyed a rock concert in the French capital on Friday.

A gunman had stormed the building opening fire on hundreds of innocent gig goers.

The 30-year-old managed to escape the barrage of bullets along with girlfriend Sara Badel Craeye

Speaking on a special Panorama report into the massacre that shocked the world, he said: “The way that we defeat IS and terrorism is to go on and do what we did before, we go to the shop, we go to the pub, we go to another gig and we enjoy life.

“We don’t let them rob us of that.”

Michael and his girlfriend were watching Eagles of Death Metal when the gunmen burst in.

He recalled how he shielded his girlfriend as dead bodies lay within inches of them.

Speaking about the moment he thought he was going to die, he said: “I told my girlfriend I loved her. What else can you do in that situation? I expected to die.”

The death toll from the tragedy which saw terrorists target a number of public venues within Paris on Friday has reached 129 with many more seriously injured.

Today, a minute's silence for those killed took place in countries around the world.