Local residents concerned about family members abroad

Flowers are placed outside the Bataclan concert hall, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Paris. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The attacks in Paris have affected many people in western Massachusetts, especially those who know people in France right now.

Research firm “EuroMoniter International,” says France is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Americans. They predict by the end of 2015, nearly 2,500 Americans will have traveled to France.

Holyoke resident Donna Perrotta told 22News her granddaughter is studying abroad in France right now.

Perrotta said when she found out about these terrorist attacks, her first thought as the safety of her granddaughter. “ I have a granddaughter living in southern France, she’s taking international business in Monaco. Of course, I’m worried about her, the borders are closed. She has friends in Paris, and she contacted them and they’re all accounted for.

Perrotta’s granddaughter is safe. The State Department has confirmed one American is dead, and others were injured in the attacks.

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