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Paris Tourism Could Suffer Further From Louvre Attack Fallout

Travelers Today       By    JC Santos

Updated: Feb 07, 2017 03:00 AM EST

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Paris suffers another attack after a man carrying a machete entered the Louvre's premises and started swinging it in front of people. French authorities immediately responded to the incident, having put down the man immediately. The authorities are not discounting the attack as terrorist related.

According to CNN Money, the European vacation destination has been in a consistent state of emergency since November 2015's attack in Paris that killed hundreds of civilians. As a result, airfare and lodging to the country had systematically decreased to make the city attractive for tourists despite the increasing number of incidents.

According to BBC, the Louvre Museum attacker, 29-year-old Egyptian Abdullah Hamamy, had "lunged at [French] soldiers with the knives." He was wounded by counter-terrorist forces before he was detained.

The attacker's father, Reda al-Hamamy, accused the French authorities of using "brute force with a poor young man" that he does not consider radicalized in any way by Islam. However, French authorities are investigating probable terrorist backgrounds as Abdullah Hamamy was said to have cried "Allahu Akbar" during the attack -- a signature for most terrorist-related suicide attacks.

Foreign visits into Paris and France itself had declined in the last year. CNN Money cites data from the UN World Tourism Organization indicating that French tourism had declined about 5% in the first three quarters of 2016. The Louvre itself cites it had seen a decrease of 21% in the number of tourists travelling in the last two years following the first massive terrorist attack in 2015.

Crime in Paris also became an international highlight after superstar Kim Kardashian found herself robbed of all her jewelry worth millions of dollars in a Parisian hotel. French authorities have yet to arrest the correct criminal despite its arrests of career criminals known in France. Armed men who left her bound and gagged in her bathtub robbed Kim Kardashian at gunpoint in the hotel.

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