The City of Love is once again ‘safe for tourists’ claims French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, a little over two weeks after the nation suffered the most deadly attack on French soil in decades.
“Here is a message to the world, to all the tourists who cancelled their trips: Come to Paris! The city is safe,” said Valls on Europe 1 radio. “Spend your money, live, go to cinemas, to theatres. That’s our message and it’s the answer to this terrorist attack.”
Last month, gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in six coordinated attacks in the French capital; the second terrorist attack in the city of lights this year. The government has since deployed nearly ten thousand soldiers to maintain the law and order situation. While to November 13th attacks have had a significant impact on the French economy with many tourists choosing the stay away, Valls expressed his optimism saying that it would only be a matter of time before visitors start swarming back.
“We are watching the consequences of the attacks,” he said. “I hope that by the end of the year, with Christmas, we will gain back what we have lost in the two terrible weeks.”