It took 30 minutes for 7 terrorists to change life in Paris. We felt it around the world, as the blue, white and red lights on our buildings and monuments showed. And many of us know it could hit us at any time.
The danger in France is not quite the same as here, though. There, tension is sharper between the camps. Anger accompanies the fear. Perhaps that’s the definition of horreur? One French journalist I heard today even pronounced the words “civil war” as the danger. “L’espoir des terroristes, c’est évidemment que ça prenne une ampleur plus grande dans le territoire et qu’on monte les Français les uns contre les autres avec un clivage religieux confessionnel.”
As President Hollande declared the night of the attacks: “C’est une horreur.”