Between fear and defiance: Parisians reflect on terrorist attacks

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By Joanna Gill  with Reuters
Between fear and defiance: Parisians reflect on terrorist attacks

The City of Light has experienced some of the darkest days in its recent history.

What happened is tragic but those people won't destroy us.

A police cordon remains in place around the supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, and France remains on the highest level of alert.

The experience of a terrorist attack on their doorstep has left some Parisians rattled.

“It’s no longer like before,” said one woman. “You go out, you go out of your home and you don’t know whether you’ll come home. And that makes you afraid”.

Others say it won’t break their spirit.

“ What happened is tragic,” explained another resident. “But we will rise up, we’ll go back to before, and those people won’t destroy us.”

Police maintain a strong presence in Dammartin-en-Goele, the small village 30 kilometres outside Paris which found itself the focus of international media attention during the manhunt for the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings.

A floral tribute continues to grow outside the offices of the satirical magazine in Paris. Staff members who survived the massacre held a meeting at adjacent newspaper offices on Friday to plan their next edition which is some are saying could be their most provocative.