Chinese tourists tear gassed and robbed at hotel near Paris
An attack on a group of Chinese tourists in a Paris suburb has led to fresh fears over the safety of holidaymakers in the French capital.
Published: 6 November 2017 10:49 CET
The Kyriad Photo: Google Streetview
The 40 Chinese tourists were robbed by four attackers armed with tear gas in a hotel car park in a Paris suburb.
The holidaymakers were outside the Kyriad Hotel in the suburb of Fresnes in the department of Val-de-Marne, to the south east of the French capital, after returning from a shopping trip when the incident took place at about 8.20pm on Thursday.
The four attackers ran into the car park and sprayed the tourists with tear gas before fleeing the scene with eight shopping bags and a backpack containing luxury items, according to Le Parisien.
The exact value of the stolen goods had not yet been calculated.
“I heard screams, and when I looked out the window, I saw two people assaulting a Chinese guide, and I saw others using tear gas against the tourists,” a hotel worker was quoted as saying in Le Parisien.
“For an hour, it was absolute panic … Many of them [tourists] asked me to hide their bags.”
French authorities tightened security around Chinese tourist groups in 2013 after Beijing expressed concern about the increasing number of incidents.
In September 2015, a Chinese tourist guide was robbed of 25,000 euros ($28,300) in cash and his new Rolex watch after he had prevented two of his group from being robbed themselves outside a hotel in a Paris suburb.
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Meanwhile the weather station on the Eiffel Tower registered gusts of wind of 104km/h.
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