Rockhampton French Alliance not deterred by Paris shootings

ROCKHAMPTON'S French community is "still in shock" following what is believed to be a series of coordinated terrorist shootings in Paris overnight but the Alliance Française group said it could have happened anywhere.

The school's teaching coordinator Pascale Levacher said while Australia was somewhat protected by distance, attacks like those in Paris were a "global phenomenon".

"We can't let things like that change our life," she said.

"If I was somebody who was just about to leave (for France) that is exactly what I would do.

"You just have to be aware of security and I know the sites where there are a lot of tourists are very heavily patrolled by the military and police so if somebody decided to pull a gun they wouldn't last very long.

"It's just unfortunate that these people had access to automatic weapons."

The French-born said she travelled back to Paris every year and would not be deterred by the situation overnight.

"From what I can gather they were Parisians in bars and going to concerts and to watch a match of soccer," she said.

"We are waiting to see how it unfolds but that will never deter me."

French President Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed the country's borders this morning after as many as five shootings were reported across the capital.

French police and the nation's army have poured onto the streets, as Paris declares a curfew.



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