French international students in Cape Girardeau react to terror - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

French international students in Cape Girardeau react to terror attacks

"I thought it was a nightmare or something," explains Anais Emelie a tennis player at SEMO (Credit: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) "I thought it was a nightmare or something," explains Anais Emelie a tennis player at SEMO (Credit: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
"I think whether you're in Paris or not, you're scared. I'm scared." Graduate Student Marine Perot said of the attacks. (Credit: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) "I think whether you're in Paris or not, you're scared. I'm scared." Graduate Student Marine Perot said of the attacks. (Credit: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Thousands of miles away, but the feeling of terror is just as real.

Two international students at Southeast Missouri State University could only watch as the terrorist attacks Nov.13 played out in their home country.

To them, Paris seemed far away.

They heard about the attacks through an app or on social media. Quickly, they contacted friends and family to find out if they were safe, and did not get an immediate response.

Marine Perot and Anais Emelie say they were shocked, and it wasn't easy to see their country under a terrorist attack.

"I think whether you're in Paris or not, you're scared. I'm scared," said Marine Perot, a graduate student studying English. "It's the second time in less than a year. Why wouldn't there be a third time?"

"I thought Paris was really safe, because no one attacks us really, and it was awful," Anais Emelie, a Southeast tennis player, explained. "I thought it was a nightmare or something."

Thankfully, their family and friends were safe.

Both girls are headed back to France this winter and traveling through Paris.

Marine said she is scared, but life must go on; and Anais plans to spend more time with her family instead of going out over the holidays.

Here in Cape Girardeau, the girls say the outpouring of support and love means a lot to them.

People have stopped them on campus to see how they are, and even had teachers emailing them to see if they are alright.

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