U2 frontman Bono found himself in a worrying position on Thursday night as he reportedly had to be rescued by armed French police from a Nice restaurant.
According to The Mirror, the Dublin rocker was on the seafront terrace of La Petite Maison in the French city when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into the Bastille Day crowd killing 84 people.
The Daily Mail has reported that staff in the up-market venue pulled down the shutters when they realised what was happening and told everyone to hide until the all clear was given.
Bono and the restaurant's other diners were said to have been “gripped by fear” as the events unfolded and were later rescued by armed antiterrorist police who led the group to the nearby Massena square.
Restaurant owner Anne-Laure Rubi told a French magazine: “Suddenly I saw people running, without shouting.”
“It was a silent panic – it was extraordinary.”
A diner at the venue said: “It took around half an hour for the police to get us out.”
“Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head and was told to remain calm.”
Love is bigger than anything in its way – Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry pic.twitter.com/1w31gcXIQR
— U2 (@U2) July 15, 2016
On Friday U2 posted a picture of The Edge from their official Twitter account with the caption: “Love is bigger than anything in its way – Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry.”
This is the second time Bono has been close to a major terrorist attack in France as last November he was rehearsing with his U2 bandmates in Paris when 89 people were killed in the nearby Bataclan theatre.