Word from Paris
TWEED residents with family and friends in Paris have shared their experience in the aftermath of the horrific suicide attacks on Friday night, which left at least 128 innocent civilians dead.
Banora Point residents Anna and Conal Healy were concerned about their daughter Simone, arrived in the French capital on Monday afternoon, after a two-hour high-speed train ride from London.
The 26-year-old urban planning graduate was on holidays and planned a four-day stay in Paris before leaving for Vietnam.
It was too difficult to re-schedule her flight after the attacks, so she continued to the city, where she is staying at a hostel near the landmark Sacré-Coeur church, near Montmartre.
“My advice to my daughter is be aware of your surroundings and co-operate with the authorities,” Mr Healy said.
“She shouldn’t be intimidated by the attacks. She should try and enjoy the beautiful sights of Paris.”
On arrival, Ms Healy said shell-shocked tourists were too frightened to leave their dorms.
“No one wants to go out, the girls have had to change their flights because they weren’t able to get out,” she said after arriving in the city last night.
“Everyone refuses to leave the building, they’re broadcasting that there is going to be another terrorist attack in Paris now.”
In the most recent international media reports today, CNN reported French President Francois Hollande had declared the country was “in a state of war”.
“Each media set is saying different things from Australia to Britain to the news here,” Ms Healy said.
“There’s so much information overload, no one has any idea what to believe.”
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