Tasmanian teen Emma Parkinson has undergone surgery after being shot several times.
Emma: a courageous teen with a lust for life.
Emma Parkinson, the Tasmanian teenager who was injured in the Paris terror attacks, has undergone surgery in Paris overnight after being shot while attending a rock show at the Bataclan concert hall.
Speaking to the media on Sunday morning, Ms Parkinson’s aunt Sam Gunner said details were unclear but it appeared her niece had been shot several times in the hip.
She said the family had spoken to Ms Parkinson and she was in a stable condition.
“We are confident Emma will make a full recovery physically. Obviously there is quite a long road ahead for Emma mentally,” Ms Gunner said.
Ms Gunner described Ms Parkinson as a high achiever with a strong connection to France.
“She had been to France to study her Year 11 TCE on a scholarship,” Ms Gunner said.
“She has an interest in linguistics, she was fluent in French by that stage, having lived and studied for a year, so she decided to go to Germany and study German.
“She spent the last approximately 12 months in Germany but she is obviously always had a pull back to France. It is somewhere she has always loved so she had recently accepted a position doing tutoring in Paris and had moved there 10 days ago from Germany.”
Ms Gunner said the family’s priority was to fly Ms Parkinson’s mother to Paris to be with her. She said Ms Parkinson was scared and overwhelmed, but was well equipped to recover from her ordeal.
“Emma is a courageous and brave person at heart anyway,” she said.
“She is somebody who has a lust for life and … she certainly takes the bull by the horns when it comes to living her life.
“She has amazing capacity and resilience and we are confident that she will make a recovery but obviously she has an incredibly long road ahead of her in regards to what she has seen and what she’s heard and how she will cope with that into the future.”
Emma Parkinson had just started a job as a tutor.
She also thanked Australia’s ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, for his assistance.
“I can’t thank [ambassador] Stephen Brady enough for being our lifeline on the ground in Paris, for staying by Emma’s side and for staying in constant contact with our family,” Ms Gunner said.
“We are eternally grateful to him for going above and beyond in this circumstance.”
Ms Parkinson had been attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan concert hall when terrorists wearing suicide vests set off a number of explosions, killing 89 people in the vicinity.
Earlier, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had spoken to Ms Parkinson over the phone, and said she was in “good spirits”.
“I spoke to her on the phone and did my best to cheer her up. I told her that we were all thinking of her, all of us,” he said.
“Every parent can sympathise with the thought that their child has been injured in an incident like this, and I have to say, she’s a brave girl and in all the circumstances, in good spirits.
“I think [ambassador] Stephen Brady’s company and my discussion with her cheered her up a bit, but nothing will equal how good she will feel when her mum arrives in a day or so.”
14 Nov 2015
If there is one ‘winner’ from the terrible events in Paris, it is France’s anti-EU, anti-immigration far-right wing Front Nationale party leader Marine Le Pen. Having already ascended to the lead in yet another poll ahead of France’s 2017 elections, Le Pen came out swinging this morning call for France to “re-arm itself,” stating that radical Islam must be “eradicated” from France. She further demanded that border controls be made “permanent” and binational Islamists must be deprived of their French passport. As Bloomberg notes:
- *FAR RIGHT PARTY LEADER MARINE LE PEN COMMENTS IN TV SPEECH
- *LE PEN SAYS FRANCE NEEDS TO CONTROL ITS BORDERS PERMANENTLY
- *LE PEN CALLS FOR PERMANENT BORDER CONTROLS
- *LE PEN CALLS FOR ‘ERADICATION’ OF RADICAL ISLAMISM IN FRANCE
- *LE PEN: FRANCE IS ‘VULNERABLE’, ‘MUST RE-ARM ITSELF’
- *LE PEN: FRENCH PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER SAFE
- *LE PEN: BI-NATIONAL ISLAMISTS MUST DEPRIVED OF FRENCH PASSEPORT
Marine Le Pen
More… <http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-14/frances-far-right-party-calls-nation-re-arm-itself-revoke-muslims-passports-eradicat> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Exactly what Glenn Beck predicted <http://ncrenegade.com/editorial/glenn-becks-prescient-warning-on-march-16-2015-why-paris-would-be-attacked-first/> . David DeGerolamo
<http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Ncrenegade/~3/UKLadntD_Gw/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email> 14 Nov 2015 From the transcript: It was here, here, and at the time when the Arab world was sweeping through the Middle East and coming up here, they were stopped in Paris. It was in the 1300s that the French pushed them back through Spain. So, if you think like somebody who was, you know, stuck in the 1300s, you would want these guys. This is a Rome to you. This is Rome to you. We have to start thinking like they think. … That’s why you have the neo-Nazis starting to rise up, because just like our governments, their governments aren’t doing anything about it. They’re not stopping any of the illegal immigration. So, what’s going to happen, I believe, is they’re going to hit Paris, and that will excite all of the people to come up here and here and up through here. It will start to squeeze Europe. … He looked at me, and I felt a little awkward because it was strangely specific and out of the blue, but now that I see ISIS is all but declaring Paris their number-one target, I believe this is important for you to understand. On a side note, the young kid who executed the so-called spy that ISIS caught, he’s from France, they believe. The kid couldn’t have been more than 11 or 12 years old. That’s how scary this is getting. I know people have mocked ISIS on Twitter for saying that they were going to conquer Rome, but I don’t believe they look at Rome the way you look at Rome. Maybe they do. Again, they are coming through Italy as well. Can they do it? I don’t know. Will they try? Well, bin Laden in 1999 said that he was going to bomb the skyscrapers of New York. I would suggest that we take these people at their word. You have to think like a 13th century person and the Crusades to understand their words. Remember, ISIS keeps talking about fighting the armies of Rome. Back in the Crusades days, the caliphate was dominating, and it was France that pushed the Moors out of Spain and put a stop to it. More… <http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/03/16/are-we-watching-a-new-world-order-take-shape-how-isis-and-russia-are-about-to-change-the-globe/>
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