The Vision of Strength and Courage (3 of 3) by Steve Jones
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Series: Strength and Courage
INTRODUCTION: How would you respond in a life-threatening situation, with courage or cowardice? We were able to see both responses in the Paris train incident on August 21st, 2015.
In an interview with Paris-Match, 60-year-old actor Jean-Hugues Anglade recounted events that took place on Thalys train 9364 at approximately 5:45 pm Paris-time. Anglade was traveling back home with his partner and two children when shots broke out in the adjoining car, where Moroccan-born Ayoub El-Khazzani, armed with an AK47 and Luger, began firing on passengers.
Three American friends - Spencer Stone, Alek Skaratos and Anthony Sadler - and a British consultant, Chris Norman, risked their lives to stop a potential massacre from occurring, and eventually subdued Khazzani. They have since been deemed heroes by local media and were decorated Monday morning by French president Francois Hollande with the nation's coveted Légion d'honneur.
While Anglade thanked the men for their ''heroic courage,'' he had less favorable things to say about the train staff. Trapped with his family in the last car when the attack began, Anglade said that train staff members came running past them down the aisle, opened a service door with a key and locked themselves inside. At that point, Anglade saw the shooter heading their way in the adjoining car. He tried to get his family to safety behind the locked door, banging on it and screaming for someone to open up. But the staff did not respond, and Anglade was forced to shield his children with his body, waiting for the shooter to arrive. After a few tense minutes, Sadler came running through Anglade's car to say that American servicemen had subdued the assailant.
Anglade characterized the behavior of the train personnel as ''inhuman'' and ''terrible.'' Officials from the French National Railway Company have assured that an internal investigation is ...
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