A person was left injured recently by opening a bomb package at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Paris, according to sources. The event occurred in the building that the IMF shares with the World Bank in the capital’s 16th district which houses numerous embassies. The building was evacuated and a security perimeter established thereafter.
Small explosion at the #IMF offices in Paris leaves one person injured after they opened an envelope – police https://t.co/2Qpo4w4xwb
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The victim of the terrorist attack, an IMF staff member, is currently wounded. Even though fortunately, there were no other casualties, the victim got caught in the blast when she opened the package with a Greek stamp sent from the real address of the deputy leader of the opposition New Democracy party.
Christine Lagarde, Director of IMF, condemned the event saying it was a “cowardly act of violence” against IMF staff. The package was intended for Jeffrey Franks, the head of the European office of the IMF according to the police prefect, Michel Cadot.
Speaking to the media, Cadot stressed that the life of women is not at risk, that the explosion did not affect any of the vital organs and that, the damage from the attack remains limited to just one wounded victim. As for the package, he said that it looked like a pyrotechnic device or a firecracker.
In a first reaction before the details of the event were known, French President François Hollande said during a visit to the department of Var (southeast) that it was necessary to speak of “attack, there are no other words”. “Beyond solidarity” with the injured person – he added – “we have to find the culprits and we will do it with obstinacy and until the end.”
The incident, just six weeks before the presidential election, comes after the Greek far-left group, the Conspiracy of Fire Cells, claims responsibility for a bomb blast sent Wednesday by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
Paris has decided to counter the loss of tourists following the recent wave of jihadist attacks with a unified cultural offer that has for the first time a unique portal of the events of the season and with exclusive campaigns of communication about the attractiveness of the city.
The commitment of government and local and regional authorities seeks to restore the confidence of visitors and attract them with the numerous proposals that make the Parisian capital and its surroundings the artistic nucleus of the country.
The saisonculturelle.fr portal will be officially launched next Monday. It will serve as an instrument meant to facilitate tourists by informing them of various ongoing events, allowing the reservation of tickets, geolocation of the nearby museums and see which exhibitions are available on the chosen dates.
The Louvre, the Pompidou Center, the Versailles Palace, the Grand Palais, the Museum of Modern Art or the Orsay are some of the public and private institutions in Paris or its surroundings that include their activities on that new page.
The Paris region is seeking to “reconquer tourists who fled the capital” since the first jihadist attack in Paris in January 2015, officials said.
In Paris, according to figures released today, hotel occupancy fell by 6% in 2016 compared to the previous year, and the region had 1.6 million fewer people, which meant that 1.3 billion euros did not pour into the economy.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said that the campaign is part of an ambitious plan to relaunch tourism, which in 2017 has begun take flight.
Its focus on cultural matters is not free: half of the foreign tourists cite the visit of a cultural site among the main activities they carry out in the country, and 60% of the nationals say that when they go to an exhibition they do it on occasion of a tourist displacement.
The first foreign language of the portal will be English and then other languages such as Spanish and German will also be added.
A promotional video signed by French actress and director Mélanie Laurent and a press trip to which 80 journalists and bloggers from 30 countries have been invited to expand the project’s impact.
Its promoters admit that until now the communication of the main cultural events of the year had not been made sufficiently in advance. Apart from that, attempts will be made to reach beyond the famous L’Art de Vivre (the art of living) French phrase and show people that the country has a lot more to offer than just the phrase
and they pretend to emphasize that beyond the French “art de Vivre”, the country has many more attractions.
And, aware that the success of some samples can also lead to security problems or long queues, as is happening with Vermeer’s in the Louvre, contemplate, in the long term, a “reflection” on how to streamline controls and entries of the public.
Until now, 500 events in Paris and its region are visible, most affected by the fall of tourism after the attacks, but the agenda will include supply and heritage throughout the country, as a window to the cultural diversity of the whole region.
The statistics reflect the economic potential of the sector: the 22 national museums based in Paris scored 18.2 million entries in 2016, and the 10 national monuments in the capital, another 3.6.