Evelyne Roullet (second from right, during a candidates’ meeting before the 2012 election) is among Alice Springs people who come from France, shocked by the events in Paris.
By ERWIN CHLANDA
The small French community in Alice Springs was in shock about the tragic events in Paris this morning.
Erwan Hebert, who is from Brittany, is a tour guide and a volunteer at community radio 8CCC.
He cancelled his Saturday morning gig: “I did not want to play music today,” he said.
Maya Cifali had resolved to have a news-free day and heard about the massacre when we rang her.
Later she learned about a friend of hers on the Northside whose son, also a tour guide, had arrived in Paris from Switzerland with a group last night. They are all safe but cannot leave the country.
“They are trying to understand what’s going on. They heard the attackers were speaking French.”
Mrs Cifali says people from the former French colonies hate France – a possible motive for the atrocities.
Evelyne Roullet (second from right in the photo at top, during a candidates’ meeting in 2012), a retired tour guide in Alice Springs, followed the events on television with sadness this morning, but she says France is not her home any more – Alice Springs is.
(Ms Roullet is well-known as a former member of the Greens, but while still being a keen environmentalist she says she has let her party membership lapse.)