Sunday 20 August 2017

'We had planned to be there, watching fireworks'

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
Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

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.

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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