On the Radar
France known as the city of lights has been under high alert throughout this year. 2015 opened with a violent attack. The Charlie Hebdo offices were targeted after its controversial political satire aiming the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As a result, Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Jean “Cabu” Cabut and Bernard Verlhac, known as “Tignous” were murdered.
Months later, multiple areas in France were under attack. 129 victims died and many others are wounded or under intensive care. Six areas of France lived the assault of war: Stade de France, Restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Concert venue Bataclan, Avenue de la Republique, and Restaurant La Belle Equipe.
Hours later, ISIS claim responsibility of the terrorist plan. The terrorist group ploys to create more chaos in France and other countries. It has been a decade since France declared “State of Emergency”- yet, the French government is moving forward to end any future attacks.
The World Responds
The world is in solidarity with France. Many countries such as the US, Brazil, Australia and many more are displaying the tri color of France. Including the Muslim community has condemned the attacks.
Meanwhile, survivors of the attack have expressed words of peace and not hatred. This is a brave message because hostility leads to bloodshed.
In the end, it pains me to type that violence will never end. Nonetheless, 129 lives were taken away and they will be remembered. Stay strong, France.
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