Chef shocked to see stricken Paris

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: Thierry Chesnot via Getty Im­ages

Po­lice sur­vey the area of Boule­vard Bau­mar­chais in Paris af­ter the Novem­ber 13 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

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