French tourists pay respects at WTC site

Associated Press Published: September 11, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — A tourist from Paris says he felt compelled to pay his respects at the World Trade Center site on the anniversary of the attack.

Frederick (freh-dur-EEK') Smith says the people who lost loved ones deserve this day to remember. And he wanted to be there as well.

Smith was just 10 years old at the time of the attack. He remembers television footage of the buildings burning and collapsing.

On Tuesday, he and his family enjoyed standard tourist activities: the Empire State Building and a double-decker tour bus.

But they also headed to the 9/11 Memorial Visitor Center.

On the way, they were surprised by conspiracy theorists who flocked to Church Street to make outlandish claims about the U.S. government.

Smith said they were loud — but not very convincing.

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