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PARIS DEPLOYS SOLDIERS TO PROTECT MEGA-RICH TOURISTS

[1/24/17]  Paris has introduced extra security measures to reassure the rich and famous in town for Haute Couture Fashion Week of their safety in the wake of a series of high-profile robberies.

Additional bodywand scans and identity checks will be in place at luxury events taking place across the French capital this week, as well as bag inspections. Armed military personnel have been stationed at some of the city’s most popular monuments, including the Grand Palais, where many of the fashion houses’ high-end shows and parties are taking place. Cement barriers, too, have been installed.

The measures are part of Operation Sentinelle and come months after socialite Kim Kardashian West was held at gunpoint before thieves made off with £8.6 million worth of jewels. Six weeks later, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat was attacked in her apartment in an apparent botched heist. And in November two Qatari sisters were targeted in their chauffeur-driven Bentley on the way to the airport, when three balaclava-clad robbers took valuables worth £4.3 million.

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