CHICAGO – On Saturday night, Chicagoans prayed for Paris.
Outside of the French consulate on Michigan Avenue, people gathered to reflect on terror attack in Paris. For Chicagoans with loved ones in France, it’s been an anxious 24 hours.
“I can’t believe it that it happened in my country,” said Marie LeBlanc. “We can’t believe it.”
The moment she learned about the attack, Marie LeBlanc emailed her family.
“Actually I have all of my family now in Paris, so I called them to know if they're are safe, because they live really close to where it happened,” she said.
Saturday morning, Eric Marie, a North Side businessman, was still trying to reach his brother, who lives near Paris. He hadn’t heard from him since yesterday’s terror attack.
“I just sent him a text to see if anything shows up,” Marie said. “He lives in the suburbs of Paris, so I’m not quite worried. But you always wonder what if he was out or anything like that?”
Through social media, Eric’s mom and two other brothers check in to report they’re okay.
Like many native Parisians, Eric is fuming. He expects France will hunt down the people who planned this deadly attack.
“French are lovers – great. But you touch family, it’s game over. This is really not a good idea,” he said.
Eric told WGN he finally heard from his brother, who is safe. Two Chicago Public Schools are on trips to Paris. A spokeswoman for CPS said the kids are safe and accounted for.