Sunday 11 December 2016

'We had planned to be there, watching fireworks'

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

People cross the street with their hands on their heads as a French soldier secures the area. Photo: Reuters
People cross the street with their hands on their heads as a French soldier secures the area. Photo: Reuters

It felt like 9/11 all over again. Except rather than watching from thousands of kilometres away, we had missed this terror attack by the slimmest of chances.

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Earlier on the train from the little village of Villefranche on the fringes of Nice, I suggested to my wife and three friends that we should head into the iconic Promenade Anglais.

There we might sample the festive Bastille Day atmosphere, catch the fireworks, and hopefully a drink at a snazzy hotel.

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