A gang of thieves attacked a group of Chinese tourists with tear gas and stole their luggage as they were loading it on to a tour bus near Charles de Gaulle airport early in the morning on Tuesday. Attacks on East Asian tourists are apparently common in the city, as they are believed to carry large amounts of cash.

From the Local.fr

Robbers use teargas in raid on Chinese tourists near Paris

Around six assailants sprayed teargas on Chinese tourists outside a hotel near Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday and made off with their luggage, police and rescue services said.

Two tourists and an interpreter were slightly injured and taken to hospital, rescue workers said.

The attack occurred around 8:00 am (0600 GMT) as the tourists were loading their luggage onto a tour bus, police told AFP.

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From the South China Morning Post

Tear gas attack on 27 Chinese tourists in Paris, robbed by gang aboard airport bus

Attacks on Chinese, Korean and Japanese tourists are frequent in the French capital as robbers believe they carry large sums in cash and their suitcases are stuffed with luxury goods purchased in Paris.

In May, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo travelled to Beijing to reassure Chinese authorities that the world’s most visited city had taken measures to beef up its security.

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