Parisians attend first aid training to prepare for new attacks

PARIS — About 3,200 Parisians attended free first aid training in the French capital on Saturday to be better prepared for possible terror attacks. The two­hour sessions provided Saturday by rescuers in every district of Paris aimed to teach participants how to react in emergency situations. The measure was approved by the Paris city council in December in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people. ‘‘We must all know the five or six basic techniques that will help protecting the population if ever there are other attacks,’’ said Dr. Patrick Pelloux, an emergency room doctor. Pelloux was also a columnist for Charlie Hebdo and was among the first to arrive at the satirical newspaper’s offices after the Jan. 7 massacre there last year. Paris plans to repeat the event at least once a year. ‘‘I was so shocked by the attack in Paris, and again this week in Brussels, that I wanted to be able to do the right thing at the right moment, in order not to feel powerless if I ever have to face an emergency situation,’’ 29­yearold Parisian Aurelie Bois said. The capital’s firefighters and the French Red Cross have noted a sharp increase in demand for their first aid training programs since the Paris attacks.
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