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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Locals celebrating Bastille Day mourn terror attack in Nice, France

Locals celebrating Bastille Day mourn terror attack in Nice, France: Barbara Rafael, owner of Le Fou Frog in Kansas City, informed diners celebrating Bastille Day at her restaurant of what President Barrack Obama and other officials are calling a 'horrific terrorist...



KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Even in Kansas City, Bastille Day, France's National Day, is one of celebration but on Thursday, it turned to one of despair.
In Nice, France, someone drove a truck into a crowd celebrating its country with guns blazing leaving more than 75 people dead and hundreds more injured.
Barbara Rafael, owner of Le Fou Frog in Kansas City, informed diners celebrating Bastille Day at her restaurant of what President Barrack Obama and other officials are calling a 'horrific terrorist attack.'
"We would like to take a moment of silence," Rafael said. 
Together, the restaurant prayed. Barbara's daughter, Madeleine, just returned from France two days earlier.
"I just couldn't believe that they'd do it on this day," Madeleine said.
For Madeleine, it's a country filled with family. Three attacks in France in one year makes her and many others ask, 'why?' 
"It's so sad because they've had so many tragedies lately and it was just people celebrating and this happens," she said. "I don't understand why such an amazing country's been targeted so many times and it's really sad the world has so much violence going on."
Madeleine wanted to stay in France for Bastille Day but her parents told her she should come home. In hindsight, she was lucky. Her dad, Mano Rafael, is thankful his daughter is home.
For 20 years, the family has owned Le Fou Frog and proudly displayed a French flag outside.
This Bastille Day celebration, is now much different than years past. 
"Killing people. Killing people that are innocent," Madeleine's dad said. 
After the moment of silence, the restaurant sang the French National anthem as a sign of their French pride.
Madeleine says for the month she was there, she says there was a noticeable increase in security and police.