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French restaurant owners use social media to connect with Paris loved ones

Since the deadly Paris attacks, Claudie and George D'Arras have been checking on friends through social media. (Source: WOIO) Since the deadly Paris attacks, Claudie and George D'Arras have been checking on friends through social media. (Source: WOIO)
While the couple has been connecting with friends online, many of their friends have visited the restaurant to check on them. (Source: WOIO) While the couple has been connecting with friends online, many of their friends have visited the restaurant to check on them. (Source: WOIO)
OLMSTED FALLS, OH (WOIO) -

Social media is playing a huge role in reuniting loved ones in Paris with family and friends around the world. One couple in Olmsted Falls has been on their computer from the moment the attacks began. 

For Claudie and Georges D'Arras, the Paris terrorist attacks hit very close to home. The couple, which is usually busy running their restaurant Bistro du Beaujolais, instead was busy working social media trying to get updates on family and friends around Paris.

"We are with them, even though we are not in France, we are still with them," said Claudie.

After hours of searching, they started to get good news.

"Everyone has been very nice to put on Facebook, OK, 'we are safe,'" said Georges. "Skype is a good way to talk and Facebook."

They got a surprise call on Skype from a friend on Saturday morning.

"She just said that she is still waiting on information from some teenager," said Georges. 

But while they mourn those who lost lives, she tells her friends the terrorists have not succeeded and France is united.

While Claudie and Georges' parents, siblings, nieces and nephews are safe, the son of one of their friends is not; he was shot during one of the attacks.

"I don't have much detail. He just got shot in the chest. His lungs collapsed and he was in surgery," described Georges.

Just as Georges and Claudie are checking for updates online, many of their friends are checking on them in person. 

"I know that they have, obviously, family there and I wanted to make sure that everything was still okay," said Deanna Andren. 

And checking on each other is something they will all continue to do over the next few days.

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