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Roanoke man shares reaction to attack in Paris

A woman is being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015.  French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country's borders. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A woman is being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country's borders. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)


ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - People with ties to Paris are sharing their reaction to Friday's deadly attack. Roanoke resident, Bernard Marie is a now a United States citizen but he was born in Paris.

He said he learned about the attacks by cellphone.

"Everything is OK, matter of fact I say to some of my friends they found out the same way, my cellphone," Marie said.

Marie was saddened to hear so many people died after French Police said several people detonated bombs attached to vests.

He is pleased to know more were not injured during tbe soccer match on Friday.

Hollins University Political Science expert Ed Lynch also reacted to the terrorist group ISIS who claimed they were behind the attacks.

"They seemed to be getting stronger they seemed determined and violent group that has as it's goal, terror and that's what we saw in Paris," Lynch said.

Lynch said because of the civil war happening in Syria, many refugees are escaping to Europe for a better life.

He said there are a few terrorist who sneak into Europe because there is no border control, and says the U.S. should show solidarity.

"I think as a nation we need to prepare ourselves for a long twilight struggles against a very determined enemy," Lynch said.