Boise Resident, French Native, Reflects on Paris Attacks: 'It Is a City of War' 

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It didn’t take long for Daniel Georget to hang the tricolor flag of France outside his Boise home after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead. Georget, a native of France and 10-year resident of Boise, said neighbors and friends shared their thoughts of encouragement and support.

“I put up a French flag outside my family home and many people have stopped by to pay their respects,” he said. “Plus, I’ve been in email correspondence with friends abroad. We all agree—this is a tough time to be French.”

French officials said they believe members of the so-called "Islamic State" are behind the Nov. 13 attacks, in which teams of assailants targeted three locations across Paris. The Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are believed to have been planned in Syria. French President Francois Hollande said Friday his country "was at war." 

“Normally Paris is a city of love, but right now it is a city of war,” Georget said. “From my conversations with friends back home, many in France believe it may be too late to solve the problem.”

Georget added the attacks cast a pall on law-abiding Muslims. “I am sad for my Muslim friends living in France because there is so much potential for misunderstanding,” he said

Georget emigrated to the United States in 2005. In 2006, he opened the Rive Gauce Art Gallery in Boise and, as a filmmaker, has produced a number of acclaimed documentaries.

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