While Paris police continue to seek the attackers in Monday’s robbery, questions persist about whether the city is safe for ultra-wealthy guests. “>
PARIS In the hours after forearmed gentlemen reportedly put a firearm to Kim Kardashians psyche, tied her up, and made off with some $10 million value of her jewelry, includes the massive stone on her paw that molted flaunted on Instagram the day before, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo released the following statement reassuring the public that the crime was very rare and in no way announcements into question police work or the security of public space.
A top police spokesman resembled Hidalgos says, telling the Associated Pressthat it was Kardashians celebrity status coupled with insufficient defence at the palace shed rented that induced her a target.
This is a star who is famous worldwide, said Johanna Primevert. Do not confound “whats happened to” Ms. Kardashian and perhaps was the result of an coordinated unit who had schemed their war with the assault of a sightseer in front of Notre Dame or another sightseer discern in Paris.
Perhaps those are reassuring paroles for the average tourist( although not entirely ), but they are far less so for the mega-rich or famed, who frequented the French capital and, incidentally, part with vastly more tourist dollars than the average Joe or Jane does on a two-week summertime trip.
The fact is the City of Lights has always been enormously attractive to the rich and famed. Its best inns, among them the Ritz, the Crillon, the George V, are announced palaces, which certainly they find themselves. And for most of its modern history Paris has been a place where luminaries could count on a level of privacy and public discretion hard to come by in other large cities.
But all that began to change about 30 years ago, as bling was beginning to blow away conventional gentility and discretion sacrificed style to the dependence of big stars on the symbiotic sycophancy of what the French announce la presse people and paparazzi.
If one is to distinguish the turning point, “it wouldve been” the summer of 1997, when Princess Diana was able to visit Paris with her lover Dodi Fayed, dining out and strolling along the Seine in treaty in July, simply to be mobbed by paparazzi at the end of August, which lead to the chase and car gate-crash that took her life.
Nothing fairly so stunning has happened since, but in the immediate the consequences of the Kardashian case, the French publication Le Point felt compelled to ask, Is Paris the new no-go zone for the worlds most fortunate tourists?
Lets put aside, if it is possible to, the fact that this country has become the No. 1 target in Europe for the jihadis of ISIS, many of whom originally came from here, and some of whom never left. The clause in Le Point concentrated on more conventional misdemeanours, including information Sunday night, simply hours before Kardashian’s ordeal, when thieves snatched a Richard Mille watch valued at about $112,000 from a Qatari man on a bustling, upscale street precisely a short amble from the Champs-lyses.
A Saudi princess suffered a same onslaught in early August when she was stripped of her million-dollar Richard Mille watch during a stroll near the Louvre. And just a few weeks ago, fame Emirati chanteuse Ahlam Ali Al Shamsi had a Rolex watch and a ruby stolen when her pouch was grasped as she loosened on the terrace of Chez Francis, a high-end brasserie with Eiffel Tower views.
Wealthy Chinese sightseers have also been targeted while visiting the French uppercase. A specially aggressive fleecing been carried out in August when humen forearmed with tear gas attacked 27 Chinese tourists as they boarded a bus oblige for Charles de Gaulle airport. The followers fled with various patches of luggage, but not before disabling two sightseers and the bus driver.
There was also the bold armed robbery against a Saudi lords motorcade in 2014, during which the bandits hijacked a vehicle and made off with $250,000 and what the press dubbed feelings diplomatic documents.
High-end browses frequented by the rich too are targeted in audacious robberies like the smash-and-grab theft of the citys Chanel boutique back in May. Two months earlier, two men forearmed with a gun and a grenade had participated in the Chopard jewelry and watch shop at the classy Place Vendme and raided the display cases before fleeing.
Scott Selby, co-author of Flawless, about the $100 million Antwerp Diamond Center heist in 2003, told The Daily Beast that the perpetrators of the more high-profile robberies, such as the Kardashian hold-up, specialize in luxury goods and be taken together in sophisticated groups where each member are charged with a specific role.
This modus operandi has focused attention on the so-called Pink Panthers, a mob of felons with Balkan backgrounds who have been known to operate in France, and especially on the Riviera. But they are not the only such organization.