Toowoomba woman in Paris describes 'strange quiet'

Toowoomba's Lisa Kajewski in Paris.
Toowoomba's Lisa Kajewski in Paris. Contributed

A TOOWOOMBA woman holidaying in Paris with her boyfriend said the city had fallen strangely quiet in the aftermath of this morning's terrorist attack.

Three masked gunmen stormed the officers of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, shooting 12 people dead and injuring 11 more.

Lisa Kajewski, 23, said the city of Paris was abnormally quite following the worst post-war terror attack on France.

"Around 3pm we walked down to the Champs-Elysees where we noticed a heavy presence of police officers and we wondered what was going on," Mrs Kajewski said.

French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris as the capital was placed under the highest alert status. Police say two officers and 10 journalists are dead, with five others in critical condition, following what President Hollande calls a 'terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity'
French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris as the capital was placed under the highest alert status. Police say two officers and 10 journalists are dead, with five others in critical condition, following what President Hollande calls a 'terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity'

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"My boyfriend and I caught the metro back to our apartment and noticed that while we were waiting for the train that everything was quieter than previous days.

"The city isn't in lockdown or anything so to be honest we didn't know the terrorist attack had occurred until a few hours ago, when we met a French friend for dinner around 8pm.

"Our friend informed us what was going on and that it was a very sad day for Paris."

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Miss Kajewski said those closest to her in Australia had been bombarding her with concerns about her welfare.

"Friends and family have skyped us and messaged us on Facebook worried about how we're doing," Miss Kajewski said.



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