UB graduate student in Paris reacts to terror attacks

A cyclist and a motorist drive past a French national flag fluttering at half-mast to mourn for the victims killed in the Friday's attacks in Paris, France, at the French Embassy compound in Beijing, China, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says China is "deeply shocked" by the attacks and pledged solidarity with France in combating terrorism. "Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity. China resolutely supports France in maintaining its national security and stability and in attacking terrorism," Hong said. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – There are at least four Western New York students studying abroad in Paris.

UB officials said they have four students abroad in Paris and two students in the South of France. News 4 is waiting to hear if Buffalo State has any students there.

No one was injured in the attacks, but now one University at Buffalo student says she is terrified of what’s next.

Gabrielle Duval is a UB PHD candidate teaching English to students in Paris.

She said she is now on edge after the terror attacks rocked the city she loves.

“We’re here in the city and were living in Paris, but we have no idea what to expect,” Duval said.

On Friday night, Duval was on the metro train going through Republique. That’s where the first attack happened. She got off at a farther stop and says the situation got very scary, very quickly.

“At first, we thought it was localized, or something happened at the metro stop. When the attacks continued and they got connected, everyone was gone off the street,” she said.

Duval hid out in a locked down cafe and bar outside of  the metro. She said all of the businesses shut down immediately. The metro closed down, streets were roped off and Duval had to walk from one end of the city to the other to get home.

“We actually got all of our information from people in the United States. Pepole were messaging us to keep us up to date. And to tell us to get off certain areas and to stay safe,” she said.

She said people are now stocking up at local grocery stores. She told us it feels  similar to how communities here at home reacted after 9/11.

“I’m obviously older now. And able to understand the panic more. But police are now telling her to stay home and only leave the apartment if she absolutely has to,” she said.

Police are telling her to stay inside and only leave her home if she has to.

“We were told specifically for today to try not to go outside. If you have to, just stay right around where you live. Over the next few days, you’re not supposed to go across the city for any reason.”

Duval says the American students stick together and just hope for the best.

“All we can do right now is hope that tomorrow will be better,” she said.

Duval says she doesn’t know anyone personally who was injured in the attacks. She will finish out the school year teaching in Paris before returning to Buffalo.

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