Anne Hidalgo

PARIS — Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has detailed a plan to ramp up security and speed up the recovery of the retail and tourism sectors.

“The attacks with an unprecedented barbarism caused bloodshed in our city on Nov. 13 killing 130, injuring 600, of whom 200 are still hospitalized,” Hidalgo said on Monday, addressing the city’s council.

Among the 14 security measures is the recruitment of 30 additional agents for the Direction pour la Prévention et la Protection, the department in charge of security at City Hall. Hidalgo also plans to install 165 new video cameras throughout the city (on top of the 1,044 existing ones); and extend panic buttons, already in museums, to libraries and music academies. 

She proposed a grant of 600,000 euros, or $636,240 at current exchange, to the 15 businesses directly affected by the attacks, to help them finance the works necessary for their reopening and compensate for their losses.

In a bid to bolster tourism, she is planning a marketing campaign to burnish Paris’ image abroad, referencing foreign artists who vowed defiance and reaffirmed their love for the fashion capital.

Later on Monday, Hidalgo was to meet with the Paris tourist and convention office and representatives of the tourism sector to assess the impact on the sector and additional measures that could be taken.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy has gathered a “task force for economic continuity” with representatives of “the most affected sectors,” including retail. Such a crisis unit is only activated on an exceptional basis when the state of emergency is declared.

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