People of Nottingham spoke out about how they have been affected by the Paris bombings that occurred on Friday evening.
The Islamic State (IS) attacked Paris by sending gunmen and suicide bombers to a concert hall, major stadium, restaurants and bar which left 132 people dead and hundreds with injuries.
The attack was described by President Francois Holland as an “act of war” and has committed France to “destroying” the Islamic State group.
Jackie Raffle, a 52 year old mother of three from Giltbrook, said: “The Paris bombings were very sad, such a lovely country, we’ve been their twice and were talking about going there again next summer but we’ll see what happens between now and then.”
Ayisha Ahmed, a second year Law student at Nottingham Trent University had just been in a lecture discussing the Paris bombings and said: “People were saying all refugees are terrorists but this isn’t the case. Terrorists are a minority!”
“IT UPSETS ME THAT INNOCENT PEOPLE GOT HURT, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE CAN’T LIVE IN HARMONY.”
Melvyn Jones, a retired Northampton rugby club supporter living in Langar has said: “I really feel sorry for people there but to a degree I think it was self inflicted, at least one of them will have come in disguised as a refugee. By all means let the genuine refugees in but we are much too lax on who we let in.”
The 70 year old Welshman adds: “It upsets me that innocent people were hurt, I don’t understand why people can’t live in harmony.”
Evangeline Plant, 20, from Hertfordshire, working at the Nottingham Trent SU said: “It hasn’t affected me personally but I feel safe here in Nottingham. I’m from near London and I think when I go home for Christmas I will be feeling slightly on edge.”
This weekend, on the steps of the Nottingham Council House in Market Square, the people of Nottingham have laid flowers in solidarity with the French people.