Paris robberies will 'dent Chinese enthusiasm for France'

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Chinese news website says the tear-gassing and robbing of 40 Chinese tourists in Paris has caused 'shock and outrage' in China.

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The tear-gassing and robbing of 40 Chinese tourists in Paris has caused shock and outrage in China, with calls on the French government to do better in protecting the safety of tourists, reports Chinese website Global Times.

The Chinese embassy in France on Saturday urged Chinese tourists to raise their vigilance and take precautions following the attack on the Chinese nationals, it said in a statement posted on its website.

A group of 40 Chinese tourists were attacked and robbed on Thursday by four men in the parking lot of the Kyriad Hotel in the Val-de-Marne suburb of Paris at about 8.20 pm, local newspaper Le Parisien reported.

The assailants sprayed tear gas at the tourists just as they returned to the hotel from a tour in the French capital, stealing nine bags believed to be stuffed with luxury goods, the report said.

The tour group returned to China on Friday, media reported.

In the statement, the Chinese embassy said it had contacted French police to urge them to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

This is the latest in a string of high-profile crimes against Chinese tourists in France in recent years. The reputation of Paris, one of the top destinations for Chinese travelers, has been marred by reports of attacks and muggings of deep-pocketed Chinese tourists. Many netizens have called on France to improve public security for tourists.

"This incident certainly will dent Chinese tourists' enthusiasm for visiting France," Ying Jianfeng, a manager at online travel platform Lvmama, told the Global Times.

In October, two Chinese tourists and their guide were hospitalized after being attacked inside a Parisian hotel by six masked assailants, during which the hotel's security staff did not step in, local media reported.

The Chinese embassy in Paris characterized the recent security situation in the French capital as "grim" in its statement, following a spate of attacks against Chinese tourists in the greater Paris region.

Read more of this report from Global Times.