A group of Chinese tourists in Paris were assaulted and robbed on Tuesday morning as they were loading their luggage onto an Italian-run tourist bus.
The assault occurred outside a hotel near the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Roughly six attackers suddenly approached the bus and began spraying tear gas into the group of 27 Chinese tourists, blinding them in order to steal away their luggage, Reuters reports.
“Several bags and personal effects were taken,” a police official said, adding that the thieves fled the scene leaving “several passengers in shock.”
Tourists from China, Japan and Korea are often targeted by thieves in Paris, since many of them come to Europe to spend big bucks on Parisian luxury goods such as Louis Vuitton and other designer brands.
Still, we haven’t seen something on this scale before. Already, Chinese tourists are becoming more and more skittish about visiting Western Europe because of high-profile terrorist attacks. This latest robbery will only further heighten Chinese travelers’ safety concerns. Following the terrorist attack in Paris last November, the number of tourists visiting the city has already dropped by 15%.
We might not be seeing 6,400 Chinese employees wandering through the streets of Paris again anytime soon.
But really, these tourists are just lucky that the Paris robbers don’t use the same tactics as their Rio counterparts.
And for more on Chinese visitors to Paris, watch this video:
By Robin Winship