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Triangle Parisians reflect on attacks

Posted November 13, 2015
Updated November 14, 2015

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— For people in the Triangle with connections to Paris, images from Friday’s attacks are heartbreaking.

“It’s a really sad day for France and the world,” said Chase Foster, a Raleigh native who is studying in Paris.

Foster said he had dinner about a mile from where one of the attacks was carried out. He said while he was out, there was no sign of what was going to happen.

“Over the last few hours, I’ve heard a lot of sirens coming from all directions,” Foster said. “I think they were trying to hit places where there were a lots of people. It’s Friday night.”

Marie-Claire Rebeill is the Honorary French Consul in North Carolina. She also teaches at North Carolina State University.

Rebeill said her first thoughts were with her mother and niece who are still living in Paris, but she quickly received worth they are all right.

“The Bataclan is actually a place where people go for music and parties. It’s very popular,” Rebeill said.

Rebeill said she hopes, long term, that the terror attacks won’t change what she and many people enjoy about the city.

“Hopefully the French people will keep a stiff upper lip and don’t have their habits change too much,” she said. “I hope that tomorrow people are able to find the strength and hope, and have an appropriate and proportionate response that’s in line with the French values.”

Rebeill said the students she keeps in touch with, and their families, were unharmed in the attacks.


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  • Craig Elliott Nov 14, 2015
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    The key to this type of warfare is and always has been money. Sever that link and you will still have a bunch of motivated jihadi, but no slush fund, no safe houses, and no plane tickets; cut the money and you cripple their ability to act.

    The right nerd with a free hand could do considerably more damage to these guys than a platoon of SEALs.

  • Thomas Goodwin Nov 14, 2015
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    Great idea. Now just tell us how to "Take those groups out".

  • Bonnie Craig Nov 14, 2015
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    Wake up America, this is coming to a venue near us. Isis is not playing and neither should we!. Take those groups out NOW, use every resource,

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 14, 2015
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    Al Qaida and ISIS must be eradicated. If they are not, attacks like this, will never stop. Anyone who believes that this cannot happen in America, has their head, deeply embedded in their backside. Barry has allowed millions of people, to enter the US. His administration, doesn't know where more than half of these estimated 11 million people are. They don't know the nationalities of these undocumented people. There are enough radical muslims in the US right now, to pull off an attack like this, or larger. Wake up people.