Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish priest tells of 'fear in the air' after attack

People hug at he place where a police officer was killed Thursday on the Champs Elysees boulevard (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
People hug at he place where a police officer was killed Thursday on the Champs Elysees boulevard (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

An Irish priest in Paris has said that Thursday's terror attack has become a familiar sight.

The shooting has left the French capital on high alert.

According to Fr Aidan Troy, based in St Joseph's Catholic Church in Paris, there was a sense of uncertainty and fear in the air in the aftermath.

"In the surrounding streets people stood in small groups trying to piece together yet another attack, with uncertainty and fear in the air.

"Another gunman could have been around. Tired small children cried as at the end of a long day, all they wanted was to get to bed.

"Armed police and soldiers were to be seen in the nearby Metro station and at every street corner. This has become a familiar sight since the 2015 attacks in Paris," he said.

The former Belfast-based priest added that it was business as usual the following morning.

"Early the next morning, I saw a city rally and begin a new day with courage and resolve.

"Restaurants opened, shops began to sell. I cycled through the city to a school where an Easter celebration had been planned at a nearby church.

"Over 300 children, of all religions and none, took part in this lovely ceremony. They were supported by parents and brave teachers. Police kept a watchful eye to ensure our safety," he said.

Irish Independent

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