Webster University’s French cultural exchange meeting sheds light on Paris attacks

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - On Saturday Webster University held a planned presentation on the cultural exchange between the U.S. and France. While conversations on art and music were part of the discussion. Friday's terrorist attacks had many at the meeting devastated.

"The event shows our resolve and commitment as a global university to send a message of peace and understanding." said Julian Schuster.

"Its very important for us to focus on the positive and continue to show how the French and American culture share many values." said Professor Lionel Cuille.

Some of the guests with French ties were so shaken they were unable to speak on camera. We did find some experts who say the French have a lot in common with Americans, especially with past attacks on American soil.

"This is why it will strike not only the French but people everywhere. Like the people in the Twin Towers who went to work in the morning and died just surprised in their everyday life." said Pierre Provoyeur of the French American Museum Exchange.

Students from Webster University and Mizzou were studying abroad in Paris at the time of the attack. Both schools have confirmed that the students are safe and unharmed.