As the world comes to grip with the Paris terror attacks, many families are grieving the loss of loved ones and the safety of their surrounds.
Paris-born Julia Frery, now an Australian citizen, is still coming to terms with the attacks. Although she hasn’t lost family or immediate friends to the terror, people close to her are suffering.
“My best friend’s brother had two friends at the concert and a couple of days ago when I talked to her she said they didn’t have any news of them,” Ms Frery told The Newsroom.
“I also know my parents’ friend has relatives who lost their 30-year-old son at the concert.”
Ms Frery, also 30, said her parents had always felt safe in their city, but that has now changed.
“Everyone is very traumatised and in shock with what happened. They really have the feeling that it could have been them seated at those bars and restaurants.”
Her parents now fear more attacks, fretting a close family member may be next to be hurt.
Ms Frery knows well the Republique neighbourhood – the central area where the weekend bar and restaurant shootings were carried out. She told The Newsroom she spent a lot of time there when she lived in Paris.
She was preparing to attend a wedding, on a day meant to be full of happy memories, when news broke on Saturday morning of the attacks in Paris. Instead she couldn’t help feeling a deep grief for the people of Paris. – Charmaine Perry
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