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Local Reaction to Terrorism in France Raises Concerns

The Paris terrorism attacks had many local people at French restaurants and bakeries discussing the issues today. At Renaud’s in Santa Barbara many guests said they watched the events unfold on live TV earlier in the day.

Concerns were not only directed to travelers and residents in Europe but also threats on U.S. soil.

“I can’t believe that they could go out and do something as murderous as that,” said Rica Coulter who was in disbelief at the killings in the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

“In France it is so sad it happened, we better be alert,” said Kathy Castagnola who was concerned about something similar in the U.S.

In many countries along with France, the rallies of support for free speech and against terrorism have been strong.

“It’s good to see the solidarity,” said David Sabritt who formerly lived in Paris. “What we will find out in the next few days is whether or not we will see an increase in Islamaphobia. And I hope it doesn’t .”

Support for stronger border security, controls and inspections is mounting.
“We have to I think guard our borders with regard to people who come in from Yemen or enter the U.S. from another country, and that’s about all you can say and it is tragic,” said Roy Stephenson.

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