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French Expatriates Concerned, But Hopeful After Terrorist Attack

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Many French natives living in Montana have been tracking the news closely, worried about what's going on back home.

Some French expatriates are of course concerned, but also hopeful.

Friday's siege and the terror attacks leading up to it have been hard for the world to watch, let alone for those living in Montana who moved from France.

"You would see that here in the US a lot more often. In France, we're not used to seeing that at all," said Frederique Leiritz.

Leiritz is the owner of the Missoula Winery and was born in the Champagne region and has lived in Montana for more than a decade. She says she's been unable to look away from the news coverage.

Rocky Mountain College French exchange student Thomas Vandel first got wind of the shootings from a teacher.

"Then, after that, I downloaded the apps the World Newspaper, and after I read like each hour anytime I could read," said Vandel.

Leiritz says freedom of speech is prized in France.

"It really feels like a violation of our rights," said Leiritz.

Guns, however, are not as well regarded. Leiritz says firearm possession is limited in France.

Leiritz says tension has been building in France for some time due to Muslim extremists and the stereotypes they create for other followers of Islam.

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