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Paris is burning…

The cathedral of Notre Dame is burning. As a former historian of art and Parisian, my heart bleeds with sadness. I have no word…

There is some things around us that we think eternal, Notre Dame is one of this forgone conclusion. Since 856 years, she was and is the heart and soul of Paris. She is the witness of so much events through time.

But you know even if what happened today is a real shock, she will survive and like a phœnix she will rise from her ashes. Because she is a symbol, the memory of our History not only for the French people but also for the rest of the world as a UNESCO heritage site.

It will take time and maybe I will not witness it in this life, but the time will come where she will spread his comforting shadow on Paris again, and lighten our hearts and our souls with her beauty.

The only good news in this catastrophe, there is no casualty. And I pray none firefighter of Paris will be hurt.

“Teacher, as for me I want to forget all that”

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Being french and born near Paris and even if I didn’t live there since few years, Paris and around is the place where I have lived the bigger part of my life. This is the place where a part of my heart will stay forever. It is the place where I grew up, where I studied, where I had fun, where I worked.

When I saw in TV the terrible events in the capital, I thought I should have to be there. I wanted to be there. That is stupid, you know, because what could I do ? I have this incredible need to be in this place at this moment but I couldn’t.

My own helplessness ate myself. So, I sent a message to my family who live there : my sisters, my brothers in law, my nephews… and also my friends. I wrote them the same thing : “I love you so much. Be careful.” All this made me realize in a hard way how fragile life is. And how important it is to say to those you love that you love them.

Some days later after the attacks, I called one of my sisters. The emotion was high. We cried. We didn’t talk much but we needed this connexion. She told me the story of her coworker who had to go in Paris the 13th to drink with three friends. At the last minute, her coworker decided not to go for some reasons. None of her friends came back. Or this man in a pharmacy telling that his best friend, wounded in Bataclan’s concert, asked him some news of his wife… And how difficult it was for him to announce that she was killed in the attack.

Since 3th november in Paris, I read a lot of articles, saw a lot of shows about what’s happened. I needed to understand. I read too in Libération, a French newspaper, an article* making the portrait of some victims. It was so moving and heartbreaking. Among the victims, people from different horizons, from different nationalities. Single or not, parent or not. Multiple profiles from here and elsewhere.

In reading their paths, I was struck by the twist of fate for some of them. Like for this woman : Patricia San Martin, 61 years old, born in Chile. She came in France to flee the politic of Pinochet in 1973. Her family returned in Chile. But she chose to stay in France. To finally be killed with his daughter by terrorists in her host country, during Bataclan’s concert.

In seeing the photographies of victims, i thought to all the others victims, those in the shadow, those who survived to that, friends, lovers, parents, children. And I wondered how the children who had lost a mother, a father or both of them react to the dramatic consequences of these events.

During the attacks in Paris, the restaurant “La Belle Equipe” was dramatically and badly hurt. The owner lost his wife and eight of his employees. Of course victims and their families are helped by psychotherapist.

And Here* is Tess the owner’s daughter who speaks about the lost of her mother : “My mother is gone cause of a projectile. I find this strange that I have eight years old and that my mother is gone. I am too young”. Then she added : ” It is complicated to live like that, but at least, I am happy that my father is not gone.” 

I thought how strong this young girl is. Children always surprise us for their abilities to pick themselves up. We have so much to learn from them.

Days that followed the attacks saw the forming of so many questions from children in class and at home. Like this question that a six years old boy asked : “Teacher, do you believe that terrorists has already cried ?” or these words from a primary school’s boy (grammar school) who said : “Teacher, as for me I want to forget all that”.

We would like too… but could we allow it ?


*The links send to French articles or video, sadly I couldn’t find an english version.
Notes : English is not my native language, so please excuse my mistake(s).

Attentat in Paris this morning

Je suis charlie In solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attentat in Paris this morning. I am so shocked and so sad but I have to say that I shall not bend in front of this violence. This attentat wants to threaten our liberty of expression. One of our Republic’s principles. Twelve persons have been killed cause of that and some others are between life and death. Among the dead : Cabu, Charb, Wolinski and Tignous. These four men symbolized the liberty of word. Their only faults were to be free to say what they thought in a humorist way about political, religious and society topics through their drawings. They were director of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo (Charb) and all famous designers. But I think too to the others victims : journalists who died or were wounded and the wounded policeman who was coldly executed. My though are with the families.
Would the pen be mightier than the sword ? I hope.

En solidarité avec les victimes de l’attentat terroriste qui a eu lieu ce matin à Paris. Je suis choquée et si triste mais je tiens à dire que pour ma part je ne veux pas plié face à cette violence. Cet attentat veut menacer notre liberté d’espression, un de nos principes républicains. Douze personnes sont mortes à cause de cela et d’autres sont gravement bléssés Parmi elles : Cabu, Charb, Wolinski et Tignous. Ces 4 hommes symbolisaient la liberté de paroles. Directeur et dessinateurs de Charlie Hebdo. Leurs seules fautes être libre de dire à travers leurs dessins ce qu’ils pensaient des questions politiques, religieuses et sociétales. Mais je pense aussi aux autres victimes : Journalistes morts ou blessés, à ce policier blessé et à terre froidement exécutés par ces terrorists. Mes pensées vont à leurs familles.
Serait-ce que la plume soit plus forte que l’épée ? C’est ce que j’espère.