WKU French professor reacts to Nice, France terror attack

Published: Jul. 16, 2016 at 1:57 PM CDT
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At least 84 people were killed and more than 200 others injured when a truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France on Thursday night.

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the deadly terror attack, the third in France in less than a year.

"It keeps on going and you hear this again, and you see this, and I personally feel weary about this," said native-born Parisian Eddy Cuisinier.

Cuisinier is a French professor at WKU, and he's taken no less than seven groups of students to study abroad in his home country. A country he remembers for the beauty of the ever-hustling Paris, but not the one you hear of in movies.

"I'd rather you just veer off the Eiffel Tower to your right, and go to that little area where the locals go, where you'll be able to experiment. Like, real food, real people, real interactions."

Interactions Cuisinier told WBKO he isn't afraid to share with his students, despite the chaos the world seems to be falling into.

"You feel upset, you feel angry, but you must. I mean, otherwise, the other side wins."

If you think WKU has intentions of putting the brakes on educational experiences out of fear, think again.

It's just been a little over two weeks since Cuisinier returned from France with a group of WKU students, and there is another group still in Paris right now.

"It's on the other side of the country, so our group in Paris is safe and secure. As a matter of fact, I got words on the group and everybody is in good shape."

Cuisinier said he is always grateful to hear people are sending thoughts and prayers to those affected by attacks like the one in Nice, but he'd rather see someone actually take action against it.

"If nothing else, French people are very resilient," explained Cuisinier. "I mean, you take the country that was the main site for World War I and II. There has been other things after that, there's been attacks, and so right now I think the people want a solution."

Police say the driver of the truck was identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Nice resident who was born in Tunisia.

His attack on pedestrians lasted more than a mile.