Gasquet recalls scenes in Stade de France during Paris attack | Inquirer Sports

Gasquet recalls scenes in Stade de France during Paris attack

/ 09:19 PM November 18, 2015
France's Richard Gasquet. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

France’s Richard Gasquet. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

“It was not a sound, it was really a blast.”

As Richard Gasquet watched France take on Germany in a football match inside Stade de France, a disaster happened outside the walls of the stadium.

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A disaster that not only shook Paris, but a catastrophe that shocked the world.

The attacks killed at least 129 people in the city with members of Islamic State of Syria tagged as the suspects.

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“The match had started. We heard two explosions. I had even before heard some unbelievable sounds in les Parcs au Princes but this was obviously something else,” Gasquet told L’Equipe. “It was not a sound, it was really a blast. I was in a box suite, so there was [a] television and we could see what was happening in other parts of Paris.”

Gasquet, the World No. 9, said an evacuation was ordered after the third explosion, a moment he described as “very memorable images.”

“I went to the parking lot. We stayed a long time before leaving.”

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