About us ~ Is France a safe place to travel to?
This time last year, the world was rocked by one of the biggest terrorist attacks in Europe since the end of World War II; but is Europe still safe?
Statistically the chances of being killed in a terrorist attack are about 1 in 20 million, but with the rise in attacks and threat levels across Europe increasing, sometimes statistics are a long way from the mind.
Since the attacks, most notably in France, I have been asked if it is a safe country to travel to.
Sadly, terrorism is a justifiable fear, a fear I share every time I’m at an airport, or in a busy area, not only in France, but here in Britain too.
This summer I have noticed a dramatic increase in police and army presence compared with previous years, especially on the coastal towns; but, far from scaring me, they reassured me that despite the recent spate of attacks across Europe, we live in one of the safest continents in the world; where, every day, unbeknown to us, attacks are foiled.
The purpose of terrorism is to spread terror and fear, and it was this summer, whilst working in France when the Nice Bastille Day terror attack happened when I saw first-hand the French resilience in action.
One English guest at Chateau La Foret asked Axel, the owner, how the attacks and threat of attack on France affects how he lives, and if he was worried. Axel’s response, in true Gallic fashion, complete with shrug, was:
“We will not let anyone change how we live, and we will go on living exactly as we always have. In France we stand up for our beliefs, and we believe in our freedom, and won’t dwell on past events, but will continue to move forward.”
Those few sentences changed my outlook, don’t get me wrong, there are still times when I feel ill at ease in a crowded place, but I won’t let these feelings stop me living.
It’s ok to be wary and cautious, but if the fear stops you from living and enjoying your life, terrorism wins.