Young Parisians Reflect On Attacks & What Comes Next

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Paris is on edge. Following last Friday’s attacks, which killed 129 people and injured 352 others, many in the city are trapped between the desire to return to daily life and the fear that more violence could senselessly erupt in the ordinary places they frequent — the cafes, restaurants, theaters, and sports stadiums.

After a lightbulb exploded at a restaurant in the Marais Sunday evening, diners jumped to their feet, breaking plates and wine glasses as they ran for the door. Moments later, hundreds honoring the victims at Place de la Republique stampeded from the square during another false alarm, with people tripping over candles and flower bouquets in the panic.

The atmosphere immediately following the attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January was one of empowerment. This time, there’s much more confusion and fear — particularly for young people, who were the main target of Friday's attacks.

"Charlie Hebdo was different because they were trying to kill journalists who worked for a specific magazine, but this time they killed people who were just enjoying their Friday night," said Séva Ankevis, a 21-year-old art history student who had a friend at the Bataclan concert hall on Friday. "So I am just angry, yes. I think I’m angry."

Refinery29 spoke to Ankevis and other young people about life in Paris after the attacks.

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Analou Delémont, 19, and Lucie Voisard, 19 (from left to right)
Interning in Paris and visiting Paris

"People are getting into fights, and it’s making me angry. There was a man at the Place de la République earlier today who told a woman wearing a veil that the attacks were her fault. It’s ridiculous. We’re not afraid of Muslims. We’re afraid of ISIS, we’re afraid of terrorists, but we’re not afraid of Muslims."
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Séva Ankevis, 21
Studying Art History at the Sorbonne

"I started coming to the 10th and 11th arrondissements a lot when I was a teen. It’s a rock 'n' roll neighborhood of Paris, with my favorite concerts. I have my favorite bands here, my favorite shops here.

"Friday’s events won’t stop me from going out. I think these terrorists want us to stay at home, afraid. I won’t stop living. It’s just nonsense. So I will continue to drink wine, eat baguettes and pain au chocolat, and just enjoy what the [terrorists] hate."
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A note is taped on a post outside of Le Carillon, one of the bars that was attacked on Friday. It reads:

"France embodies everything religious zealots everywhere hate: enjoyment of life here on Earth in myriad little ways: a fragrant cup of coffee and buttery croissant in the morning, beautiful women in short dresses smiling freely on the street, the smell of warm bread, a bottle of wine shared with friends, a dab of perfume, children playing in the Luxembourg Gardens, the right not to believe in any God, not to worry about calories, to flirt and smoke and enjoy sex outside of marriage, to take vacations and read any book you want, to go to school for free, to play and laugh, to argue, to make fun of clowns and politicians alike, to leave worrying about the afterlife to the dead. Paris, we love you. No country does life on earth better than the French."
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Loïc Alvarez, 25
Lawyer

"The principal reaction is: 'Okay, you want to scare us, but we are young, we are free. We go out to parties, we go out to dance, to show that we are free.' We are young, we are the people of tomorrow, and nobody can impose us to live like this. It’s impossible. I think the French people are like this. We love to go out go to stadiums to see football, we love to sit at cafes, watch films, see live music — and we won’t stop doing this."
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Thomas Lapprand (left), 23, and Constel Terrence, 26
Economics student and student of security

"We survived Charlie [Hebdo], and we’ll make it through this. I don’t believe in letting them dominate us by fear. If the terrorists are hearing this, I could very well die just taking a walk anywhere. I’m more scared of getting run over than of some punk ass terrorist that has to attack children to make a point. We’re going to go out, we’ll have fun. Do they think one little bob is going to change years of tradition?"
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Antoine Moreau, 20; Hyomi Legendre, 22; Toni Baudrier, 20; and Antoine Musy, 21 (from left to right)
Communications students at Institut Supérieur Européen de Formation par l’Action (ISEFAC)


"We’re trying to show that communication has an impact on our relationships and peace in the world. We really want to see how people react to these attacks — in the way they choose to talk about terrorists' victims and what they want to say to the terrorists.

"We want to fight in a pacifist way. We want to show that war is not the only way to fight; you can act on your own and help show the terrorists that we are united and we are together."
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Florian, 23
Musician from Toulouse

"I was staying in an apartment just next to the Bataclan, but I got home okay. I’m a musician, and I came to Paris on vacation hoping I could attend some concerts, but they were all canceled on Friday. I’m here today to show my solidarity with all musicians."
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Peter Basse, 19; Matthieu Lawiss, 23; Sofyane Baouz, 23; and Francois dos Santos, 23 (from left to right)
3D-animation students at MGM School near Canal Saint Martin


"We are still hanging out. We will still enjoy the simple things. We are not scared. Maybe some of our friends are, but we just have to be careful a bit, and that’s all. That’s a shame; they’re targeting young people. We’ve done nothing wrong, but we can’t stop our lives just because we’re scared."
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Students from Prep’Art, an art school in northeastern Paris, come to the Place de la République on Tuesday afternoon to hang a piece of art they created together in honor of the victims.
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Julie Corne, 18 (center, black jacket)
Student at Prep’Art


"Our only weapon is art. We are going to continue to live, to paint, to have our life at school, and to continue onwards with our lives. We are not afraid.”
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