Blog: Saturday night in Paris

Our Freedoms are Fragile

Global News

PARIS — It’s Saturday night in Paris. The city, as always, is elegant. But this weekend the mood is quiet and reflective. The streets are somber and glisten with headlights in the drizzle. For the first time in four days, no one has died in a terrorist attack. Is it really over?

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I walk out of my hotel, just five-minutes from the magazine offices of Charlie Hebdo, which is now a cordoned-off crime scene. With work done, I can finally relax and look for a beer.

I hear laughter down the street and see a bulge of people. There is still some “joie de vivre” in this city. We investigate and enjoy a refreshment.

Leaving, we come across a memorial to police officer Ahmed Merabet. For me, the image of his murder was the most chilling moment of the attacks…

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My novel 'When Eagles Dare to Fly' represents my belief that good will always triumph over evil and by developing who we are on the inside we will find our way. My newest novel 'The Fates' was released earlier this year that examines a society that discovers immortality. I have a blog called an 'Author, blogger and his musings' which talks about my writing, political issues as well as other areas of interest like education, art and photography,
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