News 9 is hearing from the president of the University of Oklahoma's French Alumni Network.
Julia Mainini lives near the sites of the attacks but first saw the events unfold on TV while watching the soccer game where the bombs exploded.
“For people on the French soil to go to this extent to just kill innocent French citizens, it’s so violent and just living right next to the sites where this happened and just traveling to go to work to these sites every day, it’s very difficult and draining psychologically to process,” Mainini told News 9 via video chat Sunday.
She immediately started checking on family, friends and other OU alumni. She said her time in the Sooner State is helping her cope.
“The American spirit is so strong and so patriotic that being and living in the US and living in Oklahoma, I definitely took that spirit back with me,” she explained.
Mainini was an exchange student and then came back to get her MBA at OU in 2006. She said she was in Oklahoma during the 9/11 attacks. “I was living in Norman and I had the exact same feeling as not understanding logically and humanly how this can be possible,” she said.