#2076 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
Nathalie - Paris - 11/09/02 - 15:36 (French time)
I was in Corsica (French Mediteranean Island) on holiday with my boy-friend on September 11th, 2001.
We were staying on a boat for three weeks of rest and discovery. When we came back to the pear in the evening, our neighbour came to us, saying : "look at your TV, a terribhe thing happened in NYC today, several planes crashed !!!!"
We had a tiny portable TV and start to look at the special information flashes on the French TV. It was such a shock for us ! We thought to our American friends leaving in Florida and American work colleagues leaving in Portland-Oregon.
We wanted to call them but it was impossible to get in touch with America this night...
It was just unbelievable ! We could not believe what we saw on the screen ! We thought it was a holiwood moovie !
And then, we started to cry and to feel very sad for America, this country we admire.
The following days, we kept listening to the radio all day long or watching TV where we could find one.
Three or four days later, our friend Terry from Miami called us to say that everything was OK for them. It was such an emotional conversation ... She told us how sad, quite, "dead" was America since the attacks.
We will never forget ...
We think of all American people today ...

Nathalie | 26 | France

#2040 | Wednesday, September 11th 2002
Bonjour de Toulouse.

En ce jour de deuil et de souvenir, je vous adresse toute ma sympathie, mon amitié devant cette catastrophe.

Soyez assuré de ma solidarité dans mes pensées et dans mes prières.


Patrick Blanche

Patrick | 35 | France

#1883 | Tuesday, September 10th 2002
I was at work in my office. It was around 3:00 PM in France. My boss called me and told me to connect to the net to check-out what was going on in NY. The first picture I saw was one of the towers with a huge amount of smoke surrounding it. The news was not that clear and precise at that moment. I went to his office and we watched the following events with horror. Everything became suddenly so futile. I realized at that moment that it was a huge warning for the US but also for all the western countries. I realised that nothing could prevent such acts.
On September 10th 2002, it seems that the leaders of the western world did not realize what happened in NY City. Mr Bush and his friends are ready to invade Iraq. They do not care about what is going on in Israel and still consider Saudi Arabia as an ally. So people of LA, Atlanta, London, Paris or Berlin; get ready to get hurt. Nothing as changed. The weapons that killed so many innocent Americans on the doomed September 11th were not mass destruction weapons manufactured by Iraq but simple airplanes. So let's go to Iraq!!!

Guillaume | 29 | France

#1531 | Saturday, August 10th 2002
I was at the American Library in Paris, where I had taken refuge after playing truant once again.
It was near time for me to go home and I was at the checkout desk when I saw the print out from the web. I thought it was a sick joke, or a minor accident. :(
When I got home, I didn't even think about it until I logged onto IRC. Then it hit me.

Fiona | 20 | France

#1309 | Thursday, May 23rd 2002
After quite some time of jobhunting, I had finally signed a contract with a company in Paris, only a matter of days before the attack. I could not yet start working, since my boss was going to New York for some business-meetings.

On this particular day, I was browsing a supporter forum for devoted AIK fans (AIK is a soccer club from Stockholm, Sweden) when all of a sudden I came across a message like no other I'd seen before. It said something like "a missile has hit one of the WTC buildings - turn on CNN". So I did turn it on, and just moments after I saw the second plane hit.

In a blink of an eye, my whole world had gone from bright and shiny, to completely pointless. What was this? Why did it happen? How could it happen? After just staring at the horrid pictures for a few moments, I called my brother, girlfriend and parents. I couldn't believe this was happening and I was in a complete state of shock. I spent the next 24-48 hrs on the phone in front of the TV. I have never been so scared in my life and all I could think of was the fact that I was thousands of kilometers away from all of this, but there were millions of people right in the middle of it. I tried to imagine the panic, the horror and the grief that the people of N.Y, Washington and the rest of the U.S must have felt. I don't think my imagination is great enough to have even come close.

Nobody will ever forget this tragic day, and I hope that one day, we will also remember the day when the violence ended and the purportrators were brought to justice - will that ever happen?

Jesper | 30 | France

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