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Kentucky students in Paris 'all accounted for and fine'

Asbury University students studying in Paris were "all accounted for and fine" in the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks, said Brad Johnson, director of marketing and communications for the Wilmore school.

"They're in their dorm room about 20 miles from where most of the developments happened," Johnson said. "That's a blessing, for sure."

Among the 15 Asbury students is Johnson's son, 19-year-old Matthew.

"It's been pretty difficult. Little bit scary," Johnson said of the hours following the first reports of the attacks. "Our thoughts and prayers, of course, are with everybody there."

Since 2014, Asbury University has offered a 12-week program in Paris that is open to students of all majors, according to the university's website. The program runs from September through November.

Meanwhile, eight University of Kentucky students are studying in France, but none has been studying in Paris, said UK spokeswoman Kathy Johnson. The university is reaching out to those students to check on them. Johnson said she didn't know how many students had been contacted.

In addition, a UK professor who was in Paris is "fine and safe," Johnson said.

Centre College currently has students in Strasbourg, France, said Michael Strysick, director of communications for the Danville liberal arts school. Strasbourg is nearly 750 miles northeast of Paris, on France's border with Germany.

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