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January 8, 2015

Following Attacks, Paris Increases Security; Events Remain on Schedule

On Wednesday, terrorists attacked the staff of satirical Parisian newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people before escaping. Following candlelight vigils and a day of shock, the city is moving forward and taking steps to get back to normal.

In a press release yesterday, the Minister of the Interior specified that an "interministerial crisis unit" had been set up, deploying six state security police force units and squadrons of the mobile gendarmerie as additional back-up to the 10 already present in the French capital. All places, in particular tourist attractions, requiring extra protection, are included in these measures and in the ‘Plan Vigipirate’ (France’s national security alert system that strengthens security against terrorist attacks).

A spokeswoman for Atout France, the country's tourism board, told International Meetings Review that while there have not been any closures, Parisians and visitors will experience "a heavily increased police presence" and patrols in major public areas. "The French Government has raised to maximum its security measures for Paris and the surrounding region of Ile-de-France. This means heightened security and police presence to protect news organizations, department stores, places of worship and public transportation—including the Paris airports and rail stations." 

Meg de Lafargue, MD of destination management company Liberty Incentives & Congresses France, told MeetPie that “Paris is no more dangerous today than it was yesterday, no more dangerous other major city where acts of violence are sometimes perpetrated by extremist individuals." De Lafargue also said that Liberty Incentives has not seen any cancelations for booked events—a sentiment echoed by several travel agents, one of whom just spoke to a client who confirmed her plans to visit Paris in two weeks.

IMR extends its sympathies to the families of those killed and hurt in the attacks. Nous sommes tous Charlie.

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