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Peaceful Paris

Peaceful Paris

French president claims Trump was wrong to mention his friend who no longer visits Paris

“I won’t make comparisons but here, people don’t have access to guns. Here, you don’t have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy,” Hollande said,

When Hollande says "people here don't have access to guns" he means, of course, that victims are unarmed: of the 19 terrorist attacks in France that occurred in 2015-2016, 287 people were shot and 384 wounded by Islamists using automatic weapons. 

The 12 victims of Muslim Terrorists at the Charlie Hebedo newspaper office were killed by Kalishnakovs, for the most part, but they also had RPGs - Hollande doesn't consider those "guns", I suppose - others may disagree. 

And when our own press claims that Trump is engaging in disseminating "fake news", it has first to ignore reports like this one, from Britain's ultra-liberal "Guardian" (an easy hurdle for our country's reporters, but still): 

"Terror attacks have scared off thousands of tourists from Paris and its top attractions, leading to a €750m drop in the region’s revenues, officials have said.

Hotel revenues were down 15% this summer in the Paris region, he said. Wealthier tourists were staying away in even greater numbers, with high-end hotels reporting declines of between 30-40%.

Tourism typically provides more than 7% of France’s gross domestic product, at a time when the country is trying to boost its economy.

But it has had to contend with a series of disasters, from the Islamic State attacks that killed 130 people in Paris last year to the carnage when a man drove a lorry into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice last month.

“The Nice attack derailed our hopes of a recovery. It’s a dramatic situation and there will be job cuts in the sector if things do not get better by the end of the year,” Christian Navet, head of the UMIH-Paris-Ile-de-France hotel federation, said.

The number of Japanese visitors had almost halved in the first half of the year, according to tourist board figures. Visitors from Russia had fallen by more than a third and from China by almost a fifth."