Emma Grace Parkinson
Emma Grace Parkinson

Paris: Aussie shot in France 'needed a hug from her mum'

THE family of Australian teen Emma Grace Parkinson have said they learned very early on that she was somehow injured.

Emma's aunt Sam Gunner spoke to the media this morning.

"I switched on the TV about 9.30am yesterday morning to see the news and I texted her immediately and got a response within seconds of texting her, so the contact was immediate."

Ms Gunner cannot say whether Emma was inside the concert hall when she was shot.

Emma's mother will now travel to Paris to be with her daughter.
 

But she did pay tribute to those at the French hospital where she was treated in what must have been "incredibly trying times".

Emma had travelled to France to study Year 11 on a scholarship before returning to Hobart to finish school last year.

"She has an interest in linguistics, she was fluent in French by that stage having lived and studied for a year so she decided to go to Germany and study German, learn the language and also teach English while she was there," Ms Gunner said.

"Emma is a courageous and brave person at heart anyway.

"She is somebody who has a lust for life and I was saying before she certainly takes the bull by the horns when it comes to living her life.

"She has amazing capacity and resilience and we are confident that she will make a recovery but obviously she has an incredibly long road ahead of her in regards to what she has seen and what she's heard and how she will cope with that into the future."

 

Aussie shooting victim dreamed of living in France

AN Australian teenager caught up in the Paris terror attacks had always dreamed of living in France, her former drama teacher said.

Emma Grace Parkinson, 19, is from Hobart but had been living in Tubingen, Germany, and was believed to be holidaying in France, the ABC reported.

It is believed she was in the area of the Bataclan concert hall when the coordinated attacks unfolded, leaving at least 129 people dead.

 Parkinson is recovering in hospital after being injured in the attacks.

LATEST ON PARIS ATTACKS

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said in a statement last night she was "aware of an Australian who had been injured in the Paris attacks", which have killed more than 120 people.

She said the department was providing consular assistance to the injured person.

At this stage there are no reports of any Australians among the dead.
 

How does the Paris attack make you feel about your safety?

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No different. These were isolated extremists who want us to feel scared. I won't let them win.

28%

A little unsafe. This could happen anywhere, with any target.

26%

Really worried. I don't think Australia is prepared for an attack like this.

35%

It makes me less likely to visit Europe, but I feel safe here.

9%

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Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman confirmed a Tasmanian woman was being treated in a Paris hospital.

"My office has been in contact with her family, and I have personally passed on my best wishes for her full and speedy recovery," he said.

"Understandably, the young woman's family have asked that I convey their request that their privacy be respected."

Ms Parkinson's former drama teacher described her as a remarkable student.

Andrew Casey said he was shocked to hear the news.

"To learn ... she's been affected by this horrible tragedy that's happening over in Paris at the moment it's just unfathomable," he said.

"And especially to someone who's so young and so bright, to be involved in this is just ... I mean, I myself can just hardly believe it."

Mr Casey said Ms Parkinson always dreamed of living in Paris.

"You could even tell by her demeanour," he said.

"I've been over there a couple of times and whenever I've come back, it's always like, whenever I see Emma I think, 'well that's just the place for you', especially living in Paris. It's somewhere she's always sort of talked of and always had a great love for."



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