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French terror attacks leave some in Louisville questioning travel plans

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The terror attack in France has stirred panic among some  tourists -- and it has left some locals in Louisville deciding what to do with their travel plans. 

When Norma Mouser heard terrorists in France killed 129 people and injured more than 300 others, she immediately thought of her co-worker vacationing there. 

"She arrived in Paris on November the 12th, the day before all of this happened," Mouser said. "We've emailed, we've texted -- called --and the calls are going directly to voicemail."

For now, Mouser says no news is good news -- but the same may not be said for future trips. 

"I'm waiting right now to hear back from a group scheduled to leave from Paris on a river cruise," she said.

Mouser owns Travel Options, and is a career travel agent. She said the panic and chaos surrounding France reminds her of 9/11.

"It changed considerably on the leisure side," she said. "No one wanted the trauma of what had become essential to travel: the security issues, the fear." 

She added that she continued refunds for up to two months after that time frame. 

One online travel company reports cancellations coming in from around the world and the fear goes beyond France to other European nations. 

The latest video from ISIS threatens any country that tries to stop the terror group. Russia now confirms a plane crash in Egypt last month that killed everyone on board is tied to an ISIS-made bomb. 

Despite the concern Jeffersonville resident Rebecca Barnes plans to keep her trip scheduled. 

Barnes is part of a group of three from the Presbyterian Church leaving from Louisville next month for a conference on climate in Paris. 

"This kind of event is one of hope and peace...so that in a way, it's a positive to still go because it speaks to the kind of world we want," she said.

"If we let that control what we're doing then they've won," said Mouser.

"I would say go," said Mouser. "First of all, the event has already occurred in Paris and the security is going to be higher than it's ever been...so you're going to be safe. You're going to be protected."

Mouser said the best advice she can give is to buy trip insurance. It gives travelers some flexibility on the decision to change or cancel plans.

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