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France raises thousands for Paris terror orphans

The Local · 26 Nov 2015, 12:13

Published: 26 Nov 2015 12:13 GMT+01:00

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Lacrimioara and her husband Ciprian were just two of the 130 people who lost their life in the Paris terror attacks - both gunned down at the Belle Equipe bar on the rue de Charonne in the city's 11th arrondissement.
The couple, who were originally from Romania but who had lived in France for years, left behind them two children - 18-month-old Kevin-Lucas and 11-year-old Tania.
The children have been sent to live with their grandmother since the attacks. 
Meanwhile, the manager of the Café des Anges, a block away from the Belle Equipe, has launched an online fundraising campaign to help the two children with "any legal and administrative fees as well as the children's well-being". 

(Flowers outside the Belle Equipe restaurant on Thursday. Photo: The Local)
"Today, beyond grief, we face an emergency," wrote the manager, Virgile, in the online campaign. 
"The two orphans are in an unbearable situation: their grandmother has no steady income and has been left to take care of her beloved grandchildren, as wished by the parents.
"It is important for the community to come together to raise funds to assist with this emergency and to also ensure that the children are raised together. It was their parents wish, but also our duty, to make sure that they receive French citizenship and the education they deserve."
The older of the two children, Tania, was born in Romania to another father, who is also deceased. Her brother was born in France. Both had been living with their parents in Paris. 
Internet users have wasted no time in responding to the campaign, with almost 2,000 donors raising just under €90,000 since it was launched last week. The target has been listed as €100,000.
The children have both received special help from the government through the "pupilles de la nation", a fund that was introduced during World War One to help families who have been hit by war or terrorism. 
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It's not just in France that online donators have been busy lending a hand in the wake of the attacks. 
In the US, the "Friends of Fondation de France" has also launched an online campaign for the survivors and saw an impressive response from those on the other side of the Atlantic. 
"In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, hundreds of donations were sent in through the website from Americans who just wanted to do what they could do to show solidarity with the French," the charity's spokesman Arthur Hickok told The Local. 
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