Paris introduces high-profile soldier-security for ultra-rich tourists

Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017

parisAhead the Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris has introduced extra security measures to reassure the uber-rich tourists of their safety in the wake of a series of high-profile robberies.


In the improved security measures, there will be additional body wand scans and identity checks which will be at all the places of the luxury event which is due to take place in the French capital this week. Bag inspection will also be a part of the security check. Armed military personnel have been stationed at some of the city’s most popular monuments, including the Grand Palais, where many of the fashion houses’ high-end shows and parties are taking place. At some places, cemented barriers have been installed.


In fact, there were talks about these high profile robberies and is thought to play heavily on the mind of shoppers and high-profile travellers.


According to Bain & Company, a business management consultancy, the luxury shopping sector is big business for the city, with an estimated €10 billion spent annually. And the city’s tourism chiefs are keen to protect them.


François Martins, deputy mayor in charge of tourism in the French capital, said that Paris is the first tourist destination in the world. so uncalled or incidents  sometimes make headlines, for example about Kim Kardashian, but these acts are very rare and exist in all cities in the world, he continued in his statement.  He added that police statistics show that burglaries have fallen by 11 per cent from 2013 to 2016, and violent robberies by 28 per cent.



Paris has seen its security concerns rise and visitor numbers fall ever since the Charlie Hebdo shootings and November attacks in 2015. In last year November, French authorities announced a plan to revive its ailing tourism industry. Following the initiative, there were introduction of the mobile police station at key spots and new English-speaking “tourism volunteers”.



A state of emergency remains in place across the country, and will do so until at least mid-July.

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