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Shoppers defiant after Paris attacks

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 01:28

Paris' tourism industry and shop sales pick up again in the aftermath of the attacks, but as Joel Flynn reports, the French capital is still a scene of strong police and military presence.

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Nearly ten days since the Paris attacks, and the atmosphere in the city is still tense. Security visible almost everywhere - in particular around the French capital's tourist attractions. Businesses are nervous too - many fearing safety concerns could keep shoppers away. But one retail worker at the department store Galeries Lafayette believes they will return to show their defiance. SOUNDBITE: Galeries Lafayette Employee, Edouard, saying (French): "We could see shoppers at this department store return this weekend in the lead up to Christmas. People still want to buy things and give pleasure to others, and spend a bit more." Some may - but there are no guarantees. SOUNDBITE: American Tourist, Matt, saying (English): "I think that shops are going to suffer temporarily but I think that, unfortunately, people are getting so used to terrorism in our society that people are not going to change their lives for terrorism." SOUNDBITE: Parisian Shopper, Justine Lopez, saying (French): "I actually think it's more reassuring. People are watching us, taking care of us. It's more reassuring to see that they're here, around us." Brussels has locked down its shopping centres, train stations and schools over fears of an attack. And there are wider economic fears too. A warning from the boss of one of Germany's biggest companies, Siemens. CEO Joe Kaeser says the Paris attacks could put off company investment across Europe He's echoed the thoughts of Italian Finance Minister Carlo Padoan, who fears the security situation could do "serious damage" to the euro zone recovery.

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Shoppers defiant after Paris attacks

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 01:28