Safety fears raised after Chinese tourists attacked with tear gas in Paris

Chinese tourists attacked with tear gas in Paris raises safety fears

The attackers were armed with tear gas (Stock image)

Monday, November 6, 2017

The tear gassing of a group of Chinese tourists in Paris has raised fears about the safety of those visiting France.

Last week four people stole from a group of 40 tourists from China at a hotel car park, according to The Local.

The group had just arrived back at the Kyriad Hotel in Val-de-Marne after going shopping in the evening on Thursday (November 2).

Le Parisien reports that by using the tear gas the four attackers were able to take eight bags of shopping as well as a bag which held luxury items.

It is not yet clear just how much was stolen from the tourists in terms of monetary value, but one witness who works at the hotel told Le Parisien: “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."

They added that there was then panic for roughly an hour. Many of the group affected were asking staff to hide their belongings.

The incident was also witnessed by another group of 30 Chinese tourists who had only just arrived in the country.

There have been no reports of serious injuries as a result of the attack and the incident is currently being investigated.

This is not the first time Chinese tourists have been targeted in the country and the Chinese embassy has now claimed security in France is "grim."