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‘You can’t stop living’: Paris attacks won’t quash travel plans

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in the colors of the French flag in tribute for the victims of the 13 November terror attacks, in Paris, France.
The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in the colors of the French flag in tribute for the victims of the 13 November terror attacks, in Paris, France. ETIENNE LAURENT

PROMINENT Kingscliff event organiser Jayne Henry left Paris just four hours before last Friday's bombings.

The Aria Events and Entertainment owner was unaware of the horrific attacks which killed 129 people until she received numerous phone calls from her husband and best friend.

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Ms Henry had already planned to return to Paris at the end of her trip, before heading home in early December.

She said the attacks would not change that.

"I planned this trip and I'm not going to change it because some extremist have decided to terrorise France and Paris," she said.

"That's what they try to do. They're trying to instil fear in people.

"At the end of the day, anything could happen anywhere…but you can't stop living."

He original plans would have seen Ms Henry remain in Paris throughout the attacks, but she had changed her mind and decided to visit Bruge in Belgium.

While thankful she missed the chaos, Ms Henry said she felt for those in Paris.

"It really makes you realise that anything can happen any time, to anyone," Ms Henry said.

After speaking to her Parisian Airbnb host, Ms Henry had learnt of the chaotic aftermath to the attacks.

"There's a lot of unrest with the people here, with the current state of immigration."

It was Ms Henry's fourth visit to Paris.

Yesterday, NSW Police announced a change which would see officers shoot terrorists on sight, rather than negotiating.



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