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Attacks on Paris cause worry for SoCal residents with ties to city

Rescuers evacuate people following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris, on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed as multiple shootings and explosions hit Paris, police said. Police also said there was an ongoing hostage crisis in the Bataclan a concert hall in the French capital. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers evacuate people following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris, on November 13, 2015. At least 18 people were killed as multiple shootings and explosions hit Paris, police said. Police also said there was an ongoing hostage crisis in the Bataclan a concert hall in the French capital. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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The several attacks occurred in Paris Friday, causing worry not only in Paris but also in SoCal for residents with ties to the country.

There have been reports of over 100 people dead from attacks that happened at several locations around the French capital, including a concert hall and a restaurant. One Los Feliz restaurant owner who is French told KPCC his brother and sister-in-law, seven months pregnant, who live in Paris were at the restaurant where a shooting occurred. Yoann Mgaieth, owner of Figaro Bisto in Los Feliz, told KPCC that his loved ones left minutes before the shooting began. 

 "They got lucky they left five minutes before the shooting started," Mgaieth said. "They were at the exact same place where the shooting start[ed] ..."

He said his brother and sister-in-law didn't realize the restaurant with reported shooting was the one they had been to until later. 

Mgaieth is from Paris and is half Arabic. He thinks the terrorist links to the attack will negatively fall on Arabic people, especially after the shooting of  Charlie Hebdo journalists in France months before.

"It was already troubling after Charlie Hebdo ... last year, but now I believe Arabic and Muslim people will be categorized as terrorists," he said.

Prior to the attacks, Mgaieth was scheduled to leave for Paris Saturday, but his flight was canceled Friday and does not know whether the flight will be rescheduled. 

"I really need to go there and support my country and show them even Arabic people, Muslim people they are against terrorists because terrorists ... are not Muslim and are not Arabic they are just terrorists," he said.