Effects of Paris Attacks Friday 13th Nov 2015:The Bataclan, Two Restaurants & Stade de France; A Personal View

Le Bataclan

Bataclan Rock Venue
Bataclan Rock Venue

Out for the Evening

For many, a familiar venue; for some, an awaited treat, but for 89 people on Friday 13th November 2015, the Bataclan was rocked by the Reaper. As a combine harvester cuts swathes through the crop, steady waves washing to and fro, so a combine of cowards cut, scythed and reaped with rage, creating a layered carpet of carnage awash with blood.

Imagine! You’re attending a rock concert at the Bataclan, a sea of people in front of you, the Eagles of Death Metal on stage. The air buzzes with raucous notes, head-banging, foot-stomping, smiles ringing to the roof. An alien noise nicks the notes off key; dramatic stage effects? You glance about to find the source. Your eyes dart upward. Black, balaclava-ed beings brandish bullet-death on the balcony. You find your body on the floor, others slumped above you. You feel the thud and jump of bullets through the flesh which protects yours.

Silence. Re-loading clicks and clacks, ratcheting up. You squint towards the exit, between the tussocks of clothing and limbs. You burrow inch by inch through the human tunnel. Then…

The noise you refuse to acknowledge renews. You play dead once more. This new chorus and refrain continues, the lost music forever fading into dead air. Slowly you inch beneath death and cheat your way out, to relief and despair. With numbed senses, you hit the cold outside where more bullets smack and tear the shot-punctured night. Someone pulls you to shelter.


Le Carillon

Vigil at Le Carillon
Vigil at Le Carillon | Source

Or...

You're savouring salsifi in Le Carillon or Le Petit Cambodge, sipping a Syrah, conversing with comrades, savouring the song of lively, light-hearted conviviality. Breath is suspended when windows shard with bullets and fleck the air with slivers of shiny blood. There is precious little room to run.


Le Stade de France

By Liondartois (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Liondartois (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Or...

You’re at the International Friendly at Le Stade de France. You’re routing for your team. Two retorts reverberate the city air, the President quickly leaves under escort, the news filters through like snatches of dreams that suicide bombers have shredded the access areas. Where do we go? Should we get out? Herded like frightened deer onto the pitch, people cling to each other, throw furtive glances upwards and outwards. In the glare of the floodlights, you anticipate news of blood shrieking through the streets of Paris.


My Sequence of Events

I heard the news on the radio, late at night, switched to the television for visual confirmation. Images of people running, not knowing which direction to take as they knew not from whence came this terror.

Accounts surfaced: a carpet of bodies at the Bataclan, gunfire at restaurants, news that President Hollande had rapidly left the football match under close guard.

A disjointed jigsaw of events slowly morphed into the reality of gunmen fragmenting the Parisian streets and city venues, punishing as many as possible for enjoying music, food and wine.

I can’t get my head around how people can do that; those on the balcony who thieved the rôle of God, surveyed that layered carpet of people, showered their bullets, reloaded and continued their mindless brutality, apparently with relish.

I sent texts to French friends, some of whom I knew were likely to be out and about in Paris. Thank God, all were untouched physically, though shaken to the core.

The next day continued with news of at least 120 dead, a tally that would rise to 130. With incredulity, we watched more and more footage of those areas chosen for carnage.


A Text from France (translation): 14th Nov 2015

‘A message to pass on… This evening, a candle in the window for these attacks at Paris and St Denis, for the victims and the wounded, for the families of the victims; distribute this chain message as quickly as possible. Pass this message to all your contacts so that it will get back to Paris in order to show that FRENCH solidarity is much stronger than violence.’


Aftermath

But through the fear, slowly, tentatively, came the stoicism, the determination not to succumb to a brain-washed, faceless enemy; rather to rally together in force of numbers, force of beliefs and to honour those who had been cut down, snatched, torn from the world. For what? For no reason, as there is no reasoning with such as they. Tolerance, compassion, peace, discourse are words they do not understand.

I received a text from France, asking me to put a candle in my window that Saturday evening, in support of the dead and the injured, their families and friends, to show the people of Paris that the world was supporting them and held them in their hearts.

Similar to ‘Je suis Charlie’, I saw ‘Nous sommes Parisiens’ (We are Parisians) on placards and little notes around the city, where others had left flowers, written prayers and lit candles for those whose lives had been snuffed in a split second.

My heart was heavy and that feeling still weighs me down when I contemplate the evil of such actions. What is happening in this world? How do we combat this? How do we cope?

Then I was made aware of a world-wide response; many monuments and buildings in so many countries had been illuminated in blue, white and red (the colours of the French ‘tricoleur’ flag), a show of solidarity around the globe. That lifted my spirits. How often do we see a wave of light and love travelling around the world?

People across Britain and many other countries walked through their cities holding lighted candles aloft, in support, in defiance, in solidarity.


Other Images

A simple image of a red carnation, balanced through a bullet hole in a window at Le Carillon, says so much.

A car back-fires and a crowd, kneeling around some candles and flowers trying to make sense of it all, scatters in panic like startled crows, even trampling some of the mementos.

Then there were crowds gathering in defiance, people going about their daily routine to dispel any idea that fear has conquered.


And now...

  • Toll of suffering: risen to 130 and 352 wounded, some of whom may yet die.
  • Brussels on high alert - expected imminent attack (underground closed, some stations until Monday 30th Nov). Public advised to stay at home. Empty streets.
  • UN Security council unanimously calls on UN members to fight ISIS; a resolution drafted by France after the deadly attacks in Paris, calls for ‘all necessary measures’ to be taken against the extremist group on the territory it controls.


Catalyst?

Does this mean that the terrorists have provided a catalyst for many more nations to react against so-called Islamic State? I like the phrase ‘so-called’; it refuses to label them, it refuses to give them the accolade or the importance of a name, it is derisory - they are not worthy of a name, not worthy of recognition, not worthy of a place on earth, let alone a place in any afterlife.

I’m left bewildered as to how any fellow human could do such things.

I’m left with a sense of loss, a sense of despair in my darkest moments about what sort of world my grandchildren will have to endure, but that is wiped from my mind when I realise that’s what these perpetrators want. I will not let them win. Paris will not let them win and, hopefully, nor will the rest of the world.


Have we gained anything from this?

Yes and yes again! We have gained solidarity, we have realised that working together against fear can bring forth positive action. It has caused countries around the world to finally wake up to the threat, to the fact that we have to act together, in solidarity (that word rises up again and again), a word that signifies strength, force and a solid wall of action against evil. I hope that momentum is sustained, that the shock and the fear don’t bow to complacency and relief that one attack has gone, that another might come but we’ll be ok. It will come and we won’t be ok.

The nations of the world have to act and act now.


Copyright annart/AFC 2015



In Remembrance of Nick Alexander, A British Victim

Aged 36, British, from Colchester, he was selling band merchandise.  His family's words: '.. he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal..'
Aged 36, British, from Colchester, he was selling band merchandise. His family's words: '.. he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal..' | Source

Sequence of Events in Paris 13th Nov 2015

Stade de France:

  • 21.20: 1st of 3 explosions (bomber & passer-by killed)
  • 21.30: 2nd explosion, President Hollande left
  • 21.53: 3rd explosion at fast-food outlet near stadium

Le Petit Cambodge & Le Carillon:

  • 21.25: 15 dead, 15 severely injured

Rue de la Fontaine au Roi:

  • 21.32: diners in front of cafes, 5 killed & 8 severely injured

Belle Equipe bar, Rue de Charonne:

  • 21.36: 19 died, 9 in critical condition

Boulevard Voltaire:

  • 21.40: suicide bomber at Le Comptoir Voltaire + 1 other severely injured
  • 21.40 0- 00.20 Bataclan concert hall, 1500 seats, sold out, 3 with suicide belts & Kalashnikov-type assault rifles - 89 dead, at least 99 others in critical condition in hospital
  • 00.20 - police officer shot one of the gunmen; his suicide belt detonated - other 2 blew themselves up


An Old Postcard; the original Bataclan, with pagoda

Information: Le Bataclan

The Bataclan (French pronunciation: bata.klã) is a theatre, at 50 Boulevard Voltaire, in the 11th arrondissement (area) of Paris, France. It was designed in 1864 by the architect Charles Duval. It originated as a large café-concert in the Chinoiseries style, with the café and theatre on the ground floor and a large dance hall at first-floor level. Its original name was Grand Café Chinois - Théâtre Bataclan. Its name refers to Ba-ta-clan, an operetta by Jacques Offenbach, but is also a pun on ‘tout le bataclan’, meaning the ‘kit and caboodle’ or ‘all that jazz’ or ‘the whole nine yards’. In fact the oldest use, predating Offenbach, is in a journal entry of 11/11/1761 by Charles Simon Favart.

It’s a mythical venue, today classed as an historic monument and many famous people have trod its boards. Concerts were held there but it was best known for putting on ‘vaudevilles’ shows. Maurice Chevalier had his first theatrical success there and Edith Piaf performed there. Since the early 1970s it has been a ‘legendary’ venue for rock music, hence the presence of the band ‘Eagles of Death Metal’ on that fateful Friday. They have vowed to be the first band to play on its reopening; two members cheated the terrorist bullets.

Note on Friday 4/11/16: I heard on the news this morning that 'Sting' is going to sing at the opening of the Bataclan. According to people.com, 'Sting will perform at the re-opening of the Bataclan, the historic Parisian music venue where 90 people were killed during a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal in November 2015. Talking to Twitter [this Friday morning], the artist announced a concert that will benefit victims of the Paris attacks.' The event is set for 12th November.

In a statement on his website, Sting said, “we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so, we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them.”


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The Last Supper by Leonardo da VinciRossini by Henri Grevedon
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
Rossini by Henri Grevedon
Rossini by Henri Grevedon

Origins & Examples of the Superstition of Friday 13th

In Britain many are superstitious of any Friday 13th. This Friday was certainly unlucky for the many there, for Paris, for France, for the world.

The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: ‘triskaidekaphobia’ and thence the fear of Friday the 13th is called ‘paraskevidekatriaphobia’, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή), meaning ‘Friday', and dekatreís (δεκατρείς), meaning ‘thirteen’.

Superstition surrounding Friday 13th might come from the Middle Ages, originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion. There were 13 persons present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan, Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items together being referred to as especially unlucky, before the 19th century.

Gioachino Rossini died on a Friday 13th, surrounded by admiring friends. Like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, so it is remarkable that he died on Friday 13th of November.

Possibly, the publication in 1907 of the popular novel ‘Friday, the Thirteenth’ (Thomas W Lawson) contributed to spreading the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.

A suggested origin of the superstition - Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar - may not have been put together until the 20th century. It is mentioned in the 1955 Maurice Druon historical novel ‘The Iron King’ (Le Roi de fer), John J Robinson’s 1989 work ‘Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry’, Dan Brown’s 2003 novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and Steve Berry’s ‘The Templar Legacy (2006).


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annart profile image

annart 5 months ago from SW England Author

Greensleeves: Thanks for your kind comments and for your thoughts on the situation, with which I quite agree.

No need to apologise for not commenting at the time. As you say, it's relevant to the present day and will continue to be so until this nightmare is over, whenever that will be.

I appreciate your visit.

Ann


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 months ago from Essex, UK

Well captured and expressed thoughts on what it must be like to be caught up in an event like this. The people who perpetrate such attacks cannot really be understood because they have very different values to normal human beings. And nothing that is different to their way of thinking - not compassion, not other lifestyles, not other belief systems - has the right to exist in their minds.

Sorry I did not comment when this was still topical. But wait ... it will always be topical for as long as there are people who have no sense of empathy and who can dismiss human life without a second thought, because they consider their own beliefs to be more important than other peoples' right to live.


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annart 8 months ago from SW England Author

Yes, Peggy, it's totally different these days. I agree with you.

And now we have more in Brussels today - it's going to be a long time before we deal with this and there will be many more killed before that. So sad.

I appreciate your visits this week - sorry to be late replying but I've had no hubpages emails for the last 3 days and I've no idea why. Fortunately, the notifications are coming through.

Ann


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Peggy W 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

I was watching the airplanes fly into the twin towers in New York City live on television on 9/11 here in the U.S. We have had mass school shootings, the killing of people in a movie theater...and it seems to continue.

What happened in Paris was horrific! Horrors continue around the world. As to why people can be so barbaric and inhumane...your guess is as good as mine. It is difficult to fathom.

Many of us had such innocent childhoods compared to children growing up today. I truly hope that the world can unite and try and eradicate such evil. It is more difficult than ever since there are no clear battle lines as in the past.

At least they caught one of the masterminds of the Paris attacks according the to the news yesterday. That is one person off the streets that will be unable to orchestrate further attacks. Such a sad situation!


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Patricia. So good to hear from you.

Yes, I'm hoping that peace will prevail at Christmas and hopefully for longer.

Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas too.

Ann


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pstraubie48 11 months ago from sunny Florida

Hi Your opening paragraph is so spot on....how carefully you chose just the right words to convey the beginning of this horror...and since then more horror, right here in our US...no one is out of harms' way...like you I cannot wrap my head around such hate and discord....praying for an end to such horror...wishing you and yours and all who suffer today from such egregiousness a blessed Christmas filled with some modicum of peace.

Angels are on the way ps


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RTalloni 11 months ago from the short journey

Yes, it is a huge concern, and keeping discussions going is important. I hope there will be more who speak up from the perspective of the truth of what these people are about.


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

RTalloni: Yes, you're right that there are many positive aspects of what is happening in the world. My main concern is how to deal with a philosophy which doesn't care about others and doesn't care about death; difficult to find a solution! Thanks again for revisiting; much appreciated.

Ann


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RTalloni 11 months ago from the short journey

Well, according to history, no we do not learn. The human condition is exactly as God tells us in His Word. One of the most precious Bible verses I can think of right now is John 10:10…I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly.

As a foil to the distress of this terrorism and previous events like it, I thought I would mention that we have several friends in France who are working to make positive differences in needy lives. These friends are a sampling of others we know in other countries, as well as in our own. Literally hundreds in our sphere of acquaintances, not to mention those we do not know personally who are with other organizations are doing the same. Then there are others yet, including government officials/employees trying to make a positive difference. These people may not always agree on every point of how to do that (and even in these groups not all are true and honest and brave and all that they should be) but there are many, many who are, and in the best way they can, are working to turn the tide of wrong and help victims caught in the current of evil.

The point is, terrorists are only one segment, one influence in the world. As bad as it is, and as bad as it is for media and entertainments to focus on them as they do, they are still only one facet of the population no matter where they go. Exactly how all this will develop in our life times we do not know, but always there are those who are caring and true and honest and brave, and working to help those in need. It is important for us to remember the examples of this kind of person from history and to support those who are working the same way today.


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

RTalloni: Thanks for revisiting. Yes, the matter is complex and it needs great discussion. So do the solutions, though we seem to be going in gung-ho yet again! I appreciate your comments and your thoughtfulness. You have important input and a sensible viewpoint. You're right that our reactions and decisions can be blurred by shock and grief. Somehow these people need to be stopped but I'm not sure we're doing it in the right way. Do we ever learn?

Ann


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RTalloni 11 months ago from the short journey

The event was too overwhelming when I first saw your hub, but I've not forgotten to come back to it. Giving in to the sadness of it all is to inhibit the ability to speak up and out, but sometimes one has to take time to think through events.

It is difficult to put it all in perspective because the history that led to these current acts is indeed mixed with superstition and the ramifications for the future colossally exceed popular perception. The why behind it all is complex, but definitive. The hatred is beyond the understanding of decency, it is unreasonable, and its tenets are nonnegotiable.

Not comprehending the truths of the purposes behind these people only gives them more room to accomplish their goals. Discussions on the topic are important, as is remembering the victims and their families with compassion. Thank you for an interesting read.


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

DREAM ON: Yes, that's a good point. I'm hoping an 8 year old won't understand the significance of such things but I would't have any answers. I like your optimism and I would like to believe in it, but sadly I find that difficult.

Thanks for your wise words.

Ann


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DREAM ON 11 months ago

I wonder what parents are telling their children. I would say the world is a great place and there will always be a few rotten apples but they never compare to the acres and acres of wonderful apples we eat and enjoy every day. That it is our job to make sure we continue to live our life and stick together to promote peace and happiness. Love is always stronger than anything else. I am interested what you would say to an eight year old that asks why ?


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

Indeed, Audrey. We hold our breath wondering if it'll be here next, or when the next attack will arrive, hoping they will be thwarted. Thanks for your visit; much appreciated.

Ann


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

DREAM ON: Thank you for reading and for your kind thoughts. You're right, I don't think we can ever understand such things, just try to change them. Thanks for your visit.

Ann


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AudreyHowitt 11 months ago from California

I think the whole world is holding its breath --still--and maybe for a long time to come--


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DREAM ON 11 months ago

I don't think we will ever learn to understand the horror and cruelty what people are capable of and why. My prayers and thoughts go out to all families and friends that have to go through so much.Thank you for writing such an important hub.


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annart 11 months ago from SW England Author

aesta1: Yes, any incidents like this make us all nervous. That's what they want of course and it takes guts to carry on with our usual routines no matter what. Apart from being sensibly aware, we need to show them that they can't rule our lives, but it's not easy! You've voiced the concerns of all of us I think.

Thanks for reading and commenting; your visit is much appreciated.

Ann


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aesta1 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Sometimes, we don't even realize how we're affected but last night, walking into a popular restaurant, I hesitated thinking why are we going to this one? It might be a target. It has added anxiety that was not there before.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Yes, Nell, it's a big dilemma. There just isn't enough room in this country for such a huge influx of people, no matter how welcoming we wish to be. It's going to cause many problems before there is a solution to it all.

More recent trouble in the US and now someone on the underground in London; this will go on but we have to show that we go about our normal lives without fear.

Thanks so much for reading and leaving your comments.

Ann


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

This is amazing, and you put into words that I think we are all thinking but, and its a big but, we come to a juddering stop and hold our hands up in despair.

I do wonder if they did it deliberately on friday 13, but to be honest they will always find somehow to do it.

I hate to play devils advocate but I knew when they let all the immigrants in that this would happen, didn't take a genius to figure out. so sad for the genuine asylum seekers too, nell


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Jackie, for your comment and wise words. Yes, if they can all get together for summits on climate change, then why not this? I think they're all scared. We have no great politicians to stand up and be counted. Alice in Wonderland is a great analogy!

Ann


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Yes, Catherine, death is the aim - as many people as possible and they don't care if they go with them. I don't understand such fanaticism. We've had a lot of coverage on tv about San Bernadino; as you say, shocking.

Good to see you today and thanks for commenting.

Ann


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Jackie Lynnley 12 months ago from The Beautiful South

Our countries do have to work together and it is not happening quickly enough for me. Look at the 14 more we just lost and it is so hard for anyone to call it what it is and if there is a big meeting of countries it is about climate change? Sometimes I feel like Alice in wonderland...


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CatherineGiordano 12 months ago from Orlando Florida

In the U.S., we had 9-11, but since then Europe has borne the brunt of the violence. I felt so much sympathy for the people of Paris, and now we have had a mass murder terrorist attack here in the U.S. in San Bernadino California. Not nearly as bad as the one in Paris, but just as shocking. These attacks seem so senseless--what do the attackers hope to gain from them? It seems like these killers just love death.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Theresa, thank you, for reading and for leaving such a lovely comment. Yes, we must live our normal lives without fear, to show that freedom is valuable and we don't intend to give it up. Well said, Theresa.

Hugs to you today. Hope all's well with you.

Ann


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Devika. Glad you found it interesting.

Ann


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Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

Dear Ann,

Poignant article here. You write so well as to the atrocities and horror of it all. All I know to do is to keep on living our lives and not stop doing what we love, for that is what they hate, our freedom. As the song says, "Keep on rockin' in the free world."

Hugs and much love always


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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Ann an interesting thought from you. I like the way you used your unique approach.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

suzettenaples: Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I know Paris reasonably well and I love its atmosphere - art, culture, café life etc. I'm glad you liked this article.

Ann


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suzettenaples 12 months ago from Taos, NM

Yes, the comparison in the first paragraph is jolting. You must have been to sparks at some time I your life as your love of the city comes out in this writing. Interesting to put yourself in the shootings at each place. So sad to read this but I like what you have done with this article.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Ruby: thank you so much for your kind words. I watched 9/11 as it was happening and felt the horror but somehow this was closer to home and I knew people who could have been there (but happily weren't) so it brought it home to me so much more.

You're right, it is a sickness and we have to find a way of stopping it.

I appreciate you stopping by once again; always great to see you.

Ann


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always exploring 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

Your opening paragraph was chilling and kept me glued to your review of the horrible events in Paris. I was shocked when I watched this unfold on T.V. My heart goes out to the people who were just living and enjoying life. I think this was a wakeup call to all nations. We must do something to stop this sickness that is spreading hate. This is a heartfelt review. So glad none of your friend's were hurt.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Eric. I'm glad you appreciated this. I find it difficult to talk about but I had to write some kind of tribute to the people of Paris - I know too many of them to have ignored the opportunity. It was nothing like the scale of 9/11 of course but no less horrific.

My best to you and yours across the pond, Eric.

Ann


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Jo. I appreciate your kind comments. Good to see you here today.

Yes, it is incomprehensible and I hope some solution is found though I fear there is much more misery to come.

I've just revisited your Christmas card hub, which gave me some cheer!

Hope you have a great Christmas too!

Ann


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Ericdierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful job on a horrific event. We gain from loss, that is as old as man truth. You really did well here, thank you.


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tobusiness 12 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ann, the killing of so many innocent people, not only in Paris, as terrible as this attack was but worldwide, is totally incomprehensible. I'm glad to know that your friends were not caught up in the Paris carnage. Your article on this sad and mystifying topic is informative and beautifully crafted. Great piece, well done!


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Alicia, for your support and compliment. Yes, the inspiration comes from the reactions which in themselves rise high above the perpetrators. They have caused much pain and grief but that has inspired solidarity and determination.

Good to see you today.

Ann


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Dora, for your kind words. We don't have Thanksgiving here in Britain but my day was good, thanks. All our celebrations are saved for Christmas which is fast approaching - but for once I'm well-organised!

I appreciate your support, Dora, always.

Ann


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AliciaC 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an excellent hub, Ann. The situation that you describe is horrific and frightening, but the reaction of many people to the event is inspiring. Your article describes the effects of the attack very effectively.


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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

A scary event, but you dealt with it nobly. In addition to the attack scenarios, thanks for the additional information on The Bataclan theatre and Friday the thirteenth. An excellent presentation, Ann. Hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Flourish. I appreciate your kind words. I wish I could be as optimistic as you but I can't see them stopping and words mean nothing to them. I don't think bombing will do much but I do know that some kind of united effort has to be found; only then will a way be found. For the moment, I'm just waiting to see what they'll do next, for they will do something.

Thanks again! Good to see you today.

Ann


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FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

Who could possibly understand what would drive people to commit such heinous acts? I am a believer the good and united people will triumph over evil. Your tribute and remembrance to the people of Paris is superb.


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Yes, Mike, very important indeed. The nameless bit is very important for me too. Thank you for your kind comments; much appreciated.

Ann


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, bill. It does leave everyone with a sense of bewilderment and lack of control. I've come to the conclusion that the only way is to act together around the world.

Thank you for your kind words, bill. Blessings to you and yours.

Ann


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mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ann, I also found this article powerful. It shows strength and solidarity. The events you describe are horrible. That the people of the world do not let the events change who we are is very important.

Becoming nameless is a good first step.


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billybuc 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

You have written a powerful and beautiful tribute here, Ann. I wish I had answers, as I wish I had on 9/11 and as I wish I had when there mass school shootings as when there are other acts of terror around the world...but I have none. I don't know how we reached this point and honestly I don't know how we combat this kind of enemy....but we must, and we will, because to do nothing is to admit defeat.

Blessings, my friend

bill


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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, John, for reading and for your kind comments. I wanted to tackle it a little differently and as it affected me personally (albeit from afar), I decided to take that angle. Glad you 'loved it'.

Great to see you first here today. I appreciate your loyalty.

Ann


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thi is an amazing hub tribute to the French people who suffered this tragic event. It could happen anywhere and who knows when and where the next pointless attack will be. Thank you for including the fact about Friday 13th as well, Ann. Loved it.

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