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It was already being reported in January that Chinese were souring on visiting Paris due to rising crime. In this case:
The Chinese embassy said it had contacted French police and urged them to solve the case and bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

It also issued a warning to all Chinese planning to visit France, describing the security situation in the country as “grim”.




South China Morning Post:

The 40 holidaymakers had just returned from a shopping trip and were milling in the car park of the Kyriad Hotel in the Val-de-Marne suburb of the city at about 8.20pm, according to newspaper Le Parisien.

The four suspects ran into the car park and began spraying tear gas at the tourists, Xinhua cited local media reports as saying. The assailants then made off with nine bags filled with shopping, including many luxury items, though the exact value had not yet been calculated, it said.

“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 the report by Le Parisien.

“For an hour, it was absolute panic … Many of them [tourists] asked me to hide their bags.”

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