Paris’s mayor has hit again at US President Donald Trump’s destructive remarks concerning the metropolis, utilizing Walt Disney characters.
Anne Hidalgo tweeted an image of herself with Mickey and Minnie Mouse celebrating the town’s “dynamism and spirit of openness”.
French President Francois Hollande stated such criticisms had been “by no means good”.
At a speech to conservative activists, Mr Trump cited a buddy who now not needed to take his household to Paris.
He additionally criticised Europe’s dealing with of terrorism, saying that People couldn’t let latest assaults occur within the US.
Greater than 230 folks have died in a sequence of assaults in France because the starting of 2015, together with in January and November of that 12 months in Paris and in Good in July final 12 months.
The nation has been below a state of emergency for greater than a 12 months.
What did Mr Trump say?
Talking on the Conservative Political Motion Convention on Friday, he sought to justify his crackdown on immigration by criticising the impact it had had on some European international locations.
He singled out Paris, mentioning a buddy known as “Jim” who was a daily customer to the town however had stopped going in recent times as a result of “Paris is now not Paris”.
“Check out what’s occurring to our world, of us, and we now have to be sensible… We will not let that occur to us.” Mr Trump went on.
What was the French response?
Ms Hidalgo harassed the inclusivity and power of Paris, tweeting an image of her launching a tourism marketing campaign on the Eiffel Tower.
The remarks got here as France celebrated the 25th anniversary of the theme park Disneyland Paris.
The Paris mayor additionally challenged the suggestion that vacationer numbers from the US had been in decline, saying reservations had been up 30% in 2017.
Mr Hollande, in the meantime, stated Mr Trump’s remarks had been no strategy to behave in the direction of an ally.
“It’s by no means good to indicate the slightest distrust in the direction of a pleasant nation,” he stated.
“That’s not what I might do in the direction of a pleasant nation and I might ask the American president to not do it to France.”
In a reference to France’s tighter gun management legal guidelines, Mr Hollande stated: “There are not any weapons circulating right here. There are not any individuals who take weapons to shoot into the group merely for the satisfaction of inflicting drama and tragedy.”
So are vacationers actually deserting the Metropolis of Lights?
In keeping with figures printed by the Paris Office of Tourism (in French), 7,356,945 international vacationers arrived at resorts within the metropolis of Paris between January and November 2016, 11.9% fewer than in the identical interval the earlier 12 months.
Amongst American vacationers the decline was solely slighter smaller – there have been 1,387,191 resort arrivals, down 9.9%.
In the identical interval there was a slight rise within the variety of vacationers from different components of France, of zero.three% to nearly six million.
The 2015 figures largely cowl the interval earlier than the 13 November Paris assaults which shocked the nation and left 130 folks useless and tons of wounded.
No figures got for vacationers staying in non-hotel lodging equivalent to Airbnb.
How does it evaluate with New York?
In keeping with the New York mayor’s office, the town welcomed 60.three million guests in 2016, up by 1.eight million on 2015.
This was the “seventh consecutive 12 months of journey and tourism development for the town”, the assertion stated.
Of those, 47.6 million got here from inside the US and 12.65 million from overseas. Each figures had been all-time highs, the mayor’s workplace added.