Retired UNB professor finds people on edge in France
Dalton London among 30,000 who gathered in Nice on weekend to remember attack victims
A retired University of New Brunswick professor who is spending the winter in France says people in the country are on edge after the killing of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and five others at a kosher supermarket in Paris last week.
"You might say the mythicial joie de vivre and the carefree attitude for which the French are known is not much in evidence at the moment," Dalton London told Information Morning in Fredericton.
London, the founder of the second language institute at UNB, and his wife have been spending winters in Nice, about 950 kilometres from Paris, for the past 15 years.
"People fear that the events of the past week may activate Islamic terrorist cells in other places in France other than in Paris," said London. "So people are really on edge and nervous about what may come.
"They have a sense that a war is being waged, in fact."
London and his wife gathered with about 30,000 people at the Centennial Monument in Nice on the weekend to remember the victims of the attacks in France.
London has been going to France for 51 years and says events of the last week haven't made him less comfortable
"We love being here," he said. "It's a wonderful place to be, not only for the climate, but for the culture, the food, the proximity to Italy, to Monaco.
"As long as I'm able to, I will come to because I figure it doesn't cost us any more to spend the winter here than it would in Fredericton."