Community Reacts to France Truck Attack

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Even for people 3000 miles away yet another terrorist attack hits close to home.

“For us to process even so far away from home we feel very much helpless that we can’t be with them,” says
Victoria Brassart-Jones, President of The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region.

Brassart-Jones was born and raised in France. She moved to Vermont in 2012.

With the November attacks in Paris still fresh in her mind she says Thursday’s attack is striking because of how it was carried out.

“It was just a random car, everybody has a car, everybody is possibly a target, everybody is possibly a threat, it’s not rational and that’s what’s hard.”

The Alliance offers French language programs for little ones, but that’s not all.

“We provide a place both physically and emotionally for people who feel far far away for the events, and yet are closely related to them,” says AFLCR Board Member, Richard Gliech.

There is a vigil planned for this Sunday at 6pm outside the King Street location.

“That’s an important part that I feel our organization plays here is to be able gather the French community, we do feel now like a family,” says Brassart-Jones.

That family at it’s core includes more than 200 Alliance members.

“Because many members are not French or even French speaking, but they feel a connection to the French and the French community,” says Gliech.

It’s a connection almost nearly everyone shares.

“And just stand together, you know I really think what they hate about us is how much we are united and full of hope,” says Brassart-Jones.
 

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