Chef shocked to see stricken Paris
WHEN Subiaco chef Alain Fabregues arrived in Paris on the morning after the November 13 terrorist attacks, the usually bustling streets were eerily quiet.
The Bistro des Artistes restaurant owner took the train to Paris so he could fly home to Perth after visiting his family in Bordeaux.
“The mayor of Paris asked everyone to stay indoors, and I think a lot of people were shellshocked,” Mr Fabregues said.
“The city was in lockdown, the government sealed the borders and I was not sure when the airport would reopen.
“Can you imagine? You are having a coffee and then all of a sudden people are falling on you, dying.
“You are in a nightclub, just dancing, and people start blowing things up.”
Mr Fabregues, who immigrated to Australia 46 years ago, said seeing the aftermath of the attacks first hand was an “eyeopener”.
“They said they targeted Paris because it is the city of sin,” he said.
“Then hey, blow up a brothel if this is your idea.
“But when you target a café, where people are eating and laughing and enjoying themselves, then that has nothing to do with it.
“We are free people. This is a free society.”
Police survey the area of Boulevard Baumarchais in Paris after the November 13 terrorist attacks.