Three French students of Saint Joseph school in France were badly injured in London's terror attack
Three French schoolchildren from Brittany were badly injured in Wednesday’s ISIS-led terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge which left four people dead and at least 40 injured, some critically.
Ninety-two French teenagers from the Saint-Joseph secondary school in Concarneau, a seaside town in western France, arrived in London for a week-long school trip on Sunday, but only 36 of them were walking on the bridge when the attack took place.
Bernard Musset, a French official, said that the youths’ injuries were “serious” but not “life threatening”.
Johan, one of the schoolchildren who witnessed the attack, told the French daily Ouest France he and his classmates had been walking towards the Houses of Parliament when they saw a grey Hyundai come at full speed towards them.
36 of the French students were walking along Westminster bridge when an attacker mowed people down
He is the worst off, but they are all expected to make a full recovery.
Éloïse, a student at Saint-Joseph
He said: “The car mounted the pavement – we were protected by a barrier but he just ploughed through it and rammed the car into the crowd.”
He said the attacker then “jumped out” of the car and “ran towards the Houses of Parliament”.
Johan added: “We started moving away – from the attacker and from the car – that was our first reaction. To step back. That’s when I heard two gun shots.
French official Bernard Musset said the three youths injuries were serious but not life threatening London terror attack victims Thu, March 23, 2017
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“And then, when I looked around, I realised that victims were strewn across the bridge – some of them had had been stabbed, I think. People were crying and one person had fainted from shock.”
Éloïse, a student at Saint-Joseph, told Europe 1 radio that the “most gravely injured” teen had suffered “two broken legs” and “facial injuries”.
She said: “He is the worst off, but they are all expected to make a full recovery.”
Saint Joseph pupils visited Paris in 2015 where one of their pupils was killed in a terror attack
Nathalie, whose son, Gabriel, was also on Westminster Bridge, told Europe 1 Concarneau parents were “in shock” and “extremely worried”.
Concarneau mayor André Fidelin said this was the second time in less than two years that the school had been hit by terrorism.
Estelle Rouat, 25, a former pupil at Saint-Joseph, was killed in the November 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, which left 130 people dead and hundreds more wounded.