Local French native speaks on Nice Terror Attack

VIDEO: Local French native speaks on Nice Terror Attack
Photo Source: Live 5 News
Photo Source: Live 5 News

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The French government has decided to extend its state of emergency after Thursday night's terror attack in Nice, France, that killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200.

It happened on Bastille Day, during a celebration of French Independence.

Marie-Laure Arnaud is from Southern France. Her memories of Nice on Bastille Day are far from what happened Thursday night.

"When you are in Nice, it's probably one of the most popular things to do...just walk and look at the fireworks, it's a magic time." Arnaud said.

That magic time turned quickly on Thursday after a man plowed down hundreds of people with a 20-ton truck at the end of the celebration.

"It's unreal," Arnaud said. "It's unreal of us to think someone went and destroyed that."

She says it's like reliving the Paris Attacks from November. Marie knows people who were in Nice at the time of this terror attack.

"I never thought the media would be that important in my life but they are because I put Facebook on and I saw people were safe," Arnaud said.

She says everyone she knew was okay.

"He took that occasion to kill people it's unbelievable for me," she said.

She's part of a French Alliance Group in Charleston called Alliance Francaise de Charleston another support system away from home.

She says they are still mourning after this tragedy. With the terror attacks taking place worldwide, she encourages everyone to support one another.

"We had the same thing happen in Orlando a few weeks ago," Arnaud said. "We want really to tell the world if we can to keep together to be together because that's really the only way you can respond to something like that."

This was the third terror attack in France in 18 months.

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