The "Paris Plages" ('Paris Beach') on the banks of the River Seine in central Paris is being patrolled by gun-wielding soldiers. Fran Blandy. © AFP/File
PARIS (AFP) - With every new terror attack, French citizens stoically declare that "life goes on", but despite this show of defiance, a creeping anxiety has taken hold of society.
Outwardly, the French summer is in full swing, restaurant and bar terraces -- targeted in a November attack on Paris -- are packed and vibrant, beaches are covered with sunseekers and streets as busy as ever.
However beneath the surface, many are feeling the strain after a string of terror attacks over the past 18 months.
"There is a cumulative effect. At first (a terror attack) is an unexpected event, but now we are in a situation where we fear it happening again," said Evelyne Josse, a Belgium-based psychologist and trauma expert.
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WNU Editor: My next door neighbour's daughter is the manager of a large hotel in the centre of Paris .... according to her this is the worst that she has seen since 9/11.
Update: Stories like this one are also not helpful for those who are trying to dampen fears in Europe .... PICTURED: The moment police bundled crazed Norwegian-Somali knife attacker to the ground after he stabbed US woman to death in Russell Square. Police claim attack was 'spontaneous and random' (Daily mail)