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Sarasota’s Alan Tannenbaum witnesses France attack

Alan Tannenbaum describes the scene in Nice.

June 16, 2016 — Chicken and wine sauce may have saved Alan Tannenbaum’s life.

The prominent Sarasota construction attorney was finishing the last leg of a two-week trip to France and Turkey. He was back in France for night to fly back to New York.

The weather in Nice was pleasant, in the 70s during the day, with lows in the 60s, a far cry from steamy Florida.

Tannenbaum knew there would be fireworks in Nice for Bastille Day, France’s annual celebration of a seminal event in the French Revolution, so he grabbed a map from his hotel and started walking Thursday night toward the beaches for the festivities.

He was heading for the streets where a Tunisian driver would plow his vehicle into a crowd of revelers who had been watching the fireworks, killing more than 80 and injuring 202, including children.

Little knowing what the future would bring, Tannenbaum had the area circled on his map.

But he was hungry, so he stopped on the way, and when the attack did come, the lawyer was sitting outside of a cafe along a busy tourist corridor, just a block or two away.

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