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Upstate ties to Nice, France

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It was a tragic scene in Nice France as people there ran for their lives. The crowd had come out to celebrate their independence on Bastille day, when a terrorist drove through the groups of people killing 84 people, among them, were 10 children.

"This is a threat to all of us, we don't know all the details but what we know is the capacity of even a single individual, to do extraordinary harm," said President Barack Obama 

The President spoke on Friday addressing the deadly terrorist attack on France. Among those killed from the United States was 11 year-old Brodie Copeland from Texas.

"It's not just the United States of America, but the entire world that stands in solidarity with the people of France during this difficult time," said President Obama.

That sentiment rang out today, as the executive director at Upstate International in Greenville who spoke about their ties to France. "Our hearts just ache, one of the things this points out to us is really the need to engage globally," said Tracie Frese.

Frese said Upstate International helps incoming international families connect locally. But they also focus on education, language and business.  Frese said those they work with can come to them for help, if affected by this tragedy. 

"We can connect you to other experts in the field, agencies that have direct links over to France to see what help is being sent directly," she said.

The attack on nice hit close to home for a Spartanburg couple that owns Baguette and Company. They travel to Nice every year but because of the attack they have canceled their trip this year. Co-owner Veronique Bellefontaine shared this statement:

"I am extremely sad and chocked about all that happened, and there is really no words to described what I saw this morning on the French TV . My heart is with France and the people of France . Bastille Day is a celebration of Liberty, fraternity, and France was touched and hurt during an important event . I am just sick and tired of all that happened in the world but especially in France that seemed to be hurt the most and often... All my prayers go to the nation of France. Something needs to change."

In Greenville, the director of the French Bilingual School said during their Bastille Day celebration on Thursday, they held a moment of silence for all the lives taken in the attack. 

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