Paris mayor on Kim Kardashian armed robbery: 'The streets are protected'

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday spoke out about security in Paris amid global coverage of news that Kim Kardashian's had been held at gunpoint and robbed in the French capital.

Hidalgo noted that the incident "occurred in a private space" and was not a reflection on safety in the city during Fashion Week.

"It in no way affects the safety of Parisian public spaces ...; the streets are protected," she said in a statement, citing the successful "Nuit Blanche" party that took place citywide Saturday night without incident.

"I have every confidence in the police to quickly identify and apprehend the perpetrators," Hidalgo added.

Kim Kardashian was also recently attacked in Paris, during a separate incident:

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Kim Kardashian West arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Kim Kardashian West arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Kim Kardashian West arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Kim Kardashian West arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Vitalii Sediuk jumps on Kim Kardashian West as she arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Vitalii Sediuk jumps on Kim Kardashian West as she arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Vitalii Sediuk jumps on Kim Kardashian West as she arrives at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: A close-up of Vitalii Sediuk (L) waiting for Kim Kardashian West ahead her arrival at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier and french security agent immobilize Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier and french security agent immobilize Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Bodyguard Pascal Duvier immobilizes Vitalii Sediuk after jumping on Kim Kardashian West at 'L'Avenue' restaurant on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
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Her comments followed an interview from her former opponent Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and member of Nicolas Sarkozy's Les Republicains party, which has taken a hard line on security. In an interview, she had said that the robbery showed a "the municipality's lack or reaction to deal with new threats."

NKM, as she's known in French political circles, also expressed concern for Kardashian and the impact on Paris tourism. "My thoughts are with Kim because what happened to her is violent and traumatic," Kosciusko-Morizet said. "And I'm also concerned about the image of Paris."

She said the city has invested hundreds of thousands of euros on a tourism campaign that won't be able to make up for all the negative headlines following the Kardashian robbery. "All these advertisements are canceled by what happened to Kim Kardashian," she concluded.

Tourism to Paris has been down about 6.4 percent over the summer, according to the regional tourism board, following the terrorist attacks in January and November of last year.

Read more: Kim Kardashian OK After Being Held at Gunpoint in Paris


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