- Title: Paris tourists, residents "shocked" but resilient after Barcelona attack
- Date: 18th August 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 18, 2017) (REUTERS) CHAMPS ELYSEES AVENUE AND ARC DE TRIOMPHE MONUMENT PEOPLE WALKING ALONG AVENUE BOY HOLDING UMBRELLA AS HE WALKS ALONG AVENUE PEOPLE WALKING ALONG AVENUE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 45-YEAR-OLD SCOTTISH TOURIST, GUS JOHNSTON, SAYING: (STANDING NEXT TO 48-YEAR-OLD SCOTTISH TOURIST, JACKIE JOHNSTON) "Oh I feel perfectly safe in Paris you know, I've been coming here for the last 10 years, so even after the attacks in Paris, I still feel safe coming to Paris. It wouldn't deter us from coming back." VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN PATROLLING ALONG AVENUE (SOUNDBITE) (French) 15-YEAR-OLD SCHOOLGIRL, DEBORAH CHARLES, SAYING: "It shocked us all, I had a friend who is still in Barcelona and she was at this exact place, luckily she left before and we were all very shocked, I was very scared for my friend." VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF BATACLAN CONCERT VENUE, WHERE 90 PEOPLE WERE KILLED BY ISLAMIST MILITANTS ON NOVEMBER 13, 2015 MEMORIAL PLAQUE READING (French): "In memory of victims killed and wounded here on November 13, 2015" PEOPLE PASSING IN FRONT OF BATACLAN PIECE OF PAPER BELOW MEMORIAL PLAQUE READING (French): "We are thinking about you. Valerie, Maelyse, Jade, Lola" (SOUNDBITE) (French) 48--YEAR-OLD TOURIST FROM BRITTANY, JACQUELINE GUEGUEN, SAYING: "I don't feel unsafe, but I'm still shocked and stunned. I am angry, I don't understand, there you go. But around places here, itâ€™s okay, you can see the police, the army, it's ok, genuinely it's ok." SIGN ON FACADE READING (French): "Site under video surveillance" CAMERAS ON FACADE VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF BATACLAN
- Embargoed: 1st September 2017 14:56
- Keywords: Barcelona van attack Bataclan Champs Elysees attacks parisians residents reacting van crowd Orly airport Orly airport attack
- Location: PARIS / ORLY, FRANCE
- City: PARIS / ORLY, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016UOQ153
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents and tourists in Paris said they were "shocked" but resilient on Friday (August 18) following van attacks in Spain which left 14 people dead.
On Thursday (August 17), a van mowed through crowds of people in Las Ramblas on Barcelona's most famous avenue and a similar attack occurred in Cambrils.
France's Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said 26 of the country's citizens were injured in the attack, with at least 11 of them in a serious condition.
Tourists and residents interviewed by Reuters along Paris' Champs Elysees Avenue said they felt relatively safe and resolute as the Spain attacks brought back painful memories of similar violence in France. Two separate attacks took place on the iconic avenue in 2017, with police targeted during the incidents.
Outside the Bataclan concert venue, where Islamist militants killed 90 people on November 13 2015, 48-year-old tourist Jacqueline Gueguen said she felt reassured by security in France.
At Orly airport, where a man was shot dead after he tried to seize a soldier's rifle in March, passengers arriving from Barcelona said life had to go on despite the violence.
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