Woodbridge pub landlord in Paris as terror attacks unfolded

Police and forensic activity outside the La Casa Nostra pizzeria, in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Pari

Police and forensic activity outside the La Casa Nostra pizzeria, in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris (PRESS ASSOCIATION). Inset: Chris Mapey, landlord of the Angel Inn, Woodbridge - Credit: PA

A Suffolk pub landlord has spoken from Paris about being caught up in last night’s bomb and gun attacks which killed at least 127 people and wounded another 180.

Chris Mapey, who runs The Angel, in Woodbridge, with wife Sarah, was sitting outside a restaurant a mile from Bataclan Concert Hall as news of the attack unfolded.

Speaking from outside the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, Mr Mapey said the atmosphere in Paris today was “oddly subdued”.

He and fellow diners were rushed inside the restaurant at the Centre Pompidou as soon as news broke of the attacks.

“The France and Germany football match was being shown on a big screen inside,” he said. “I was with two friends outside when I started getting breaking news pushed to my phone.

“As soon as the shooting was reported on French media, they started moving people inside.”

After seeing one of his friends back to a hotel in St Germain, Mr Mapey walked through the city to his own accommodation in Montmartre.

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“It was already noticeably quiet,” he said. “The Metro was shut down and there were no taxis, so we had to walk through the city centre.

“There is an odd feeling here today. I’ve been here a few times and there has always been a sense of bustle to the place. That’s not the case today. It’s very subdued.

“Everywhere is closed. Whether that is an act of mourning or security, I don’t know. Either way, it seems the right thing to do.

“My worry is that the tolerance this city is famous for may be affected by what has happened.”

A keen photographer, Mr Mapey had travelled to the city to attend the 19th Paris Photo fair. He is due to return home on the Eurostar tomorrow afternoon.

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