Attack in France hits close to home for people at Bastille Days

Posted at 10:42 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 19:34:39-04

As thousands gather for food and fun at the Bastille Days festival downtown, some people are mourning after Thursday's deadly attack in France.

Flowers rest at the Eiffel Tower replica on display during day two of the French festival.

"There's a little bit of a somber mood but it's a gathering place and it's a time to find a community that can talk about this together," Anne Leplae, who has family living in France said.

Leplae says Thursday's tragedy was no accident since it happened on the first night of Bastille Days which she says is very similar to the Fourth of July festivities Americans hold.

Luckily, nobody in Leplae's family was harmed.

"This happened right at the end of the fireworks," Leplae said. "Families are together and happy and then this truck comes and decides to run people over. It's very tragic."

Florent Hentschke's daughter lives in France and is here visiting for the month of July.

He says the rest of his family back home is safe since they live far away from Nice.

"My sister lives in a very poor neighborhood of Paris and my mother lives in a very tiny city with 250 people so they are never going to have an attack in that neighborhood I hope," he said.

Despite the tragic news out of nice, Bastille Days is going on as planned.

A spokesperson for the Milwaukee Police Department said officers have been trained to spot suspicious activity and will be present throughout the event.