Paris Security in Spotlight After Kim Kardashian Robbery
Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday.
Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris on Sunday night, raising questions for some about the city’s security.
Kardashian is not the only famous visitor to be attacked while visiting the city recently. Over the past year, there have been a series of robberies aimed at Paris' wealthiest visitors.
In August, a Saudi princess was violently robbed of her $1.1-million watch on the streets by the Louvre. And last year, a Saudi prince was robbed in the same neighborhood. A group of three men had been loitering, waiting for someone wealthy to walk by.
Security in the Spotlight
Over the past few months, there have been several armed robberies reported at jewelry stores in some of Paris’ wealthiest neighborhoods. And Chinese tourists have been increasingly targeted, as they have been known to carry large amounts of cash.
Members of the conservative opposition party are highlighting the robberies as proof that the city is growing unsafe.
“There is a general emergency around security in Paris,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, who is hoping to clinch the conservative nomination for president, told Europe 1 radio. “The powers that be and the City Hall are not reactive enough.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, however, said that the robbery was “very rare” and “in no way calls into question police work or security of public space” in Paris, according to the Associated Press. Hidalgo also criticized the politicians who were using the incident for political gain and “directly harming the tourism sector.”
Tourism to Paris dropped 6.4 percent in the first half of this year, in part due to growing safety concerns following last year’s terrorist attacks.
Kardashian was staying in a hotel behind the Madeleine church. The building is often home to visiting celebrities and has several secret entrances, according to Reuters. The building’s guard was found in a stairwell with his hands and feet bound.