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Bastille Day guests mingled carefree, unaware of the Nice attack that just occurred

By Chelsea Nash      

Ambassador learned of Nice attack as 900 well-wishers arrived at his door.

French Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis toasts with Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough, after she ends her speech with "Vive la France!"
The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

It was bizarre for the few who knew. A deadly attack had just taken place in Nice, France, but the crowd of smiling faces at the French Embassy's celebration of Bastille Day July 14 suggested few were aware what had occurred across the ocean as they arrived for the evening party in Ottawa. Bastille Day 2016, France's national day, will always be remembered as a celebration tainted by the loss of 84 lives in Nice, after an attacker

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