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Parisians defiant: "We must carry on, we must continue to live"

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By Euronews
Parisians defiant: "We must carry on, we must continue to live"

<p>After the panic on the Champs-Elysée, with the killing of a policeman and the wounding of two others, it is time for reflection and debate. </p> <p>People have been expressing their thoughts on what happened, just days before France’s presidential election.</p> <p>One woman who works in the area told reporters: “It’s happening here, abroad, everywhere. We must carry on, we must continue to live.”</p> <p>A young Muslim man warned people to be rational in their response to the shooting.</p> <p>“Everyone says terrorists are Muslims, but there is not a Muslim who kills another. That is forbidden in our religion. </p> <p>“Terrorism is a phenomenon that threatens the world, there are no original roots behind it.” </p> <p>Those caught up in the panic have also been recounting what happened.</p> <p>One woman said: “I was very scared, afraid for my life, for my safety. I hid in a corner in a road down there, Rue Frederic Bastiat, and I waited there for 20 minutes until it calmed down. </p> <p>“After coming out of the street I ran to the metro station Saint Philippe-du-Roule and I ran. In the metro I was really scared too.”</p> <p>Another eyewitness explained how he attempted to reassure those around him. </p> <p>“In the shop I was in there must have been about 50 of us, most of them foreigners. They didn’t understand. </p> <p>“They were looking at me saying: ‘What’s happening? I said ‘It’s okay, they’ve killed him.”</p> <p>France has already been under a state of emergency and security is tight leading up to Sunday’s election.</p>