The State of Paris in 2016
2016 seems to be the year that I explore all the places that are currently being overrun in some capacity. As Ivan Throne and I discussed in episode 37 of Troublesome Radio, there is an impending war on the west:
I went to Istanbul the day before the Ataturk Airport was hit by suicide bombers. And I ended up in Paris, France just a month later. This trip to France was in the wake of the shootings (November 2015), the Nice bus attack (July 2016), and several other “minor” attacks that have happened in the last year or so.
I know everyone is curious about what the hell is truly going on in Paris (the media always lies), so I thought I’d give my thoughts on it.
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THE REFUGEE SITUATION
In full disclaimer, I spent the majority of my time in Paris in the city center. Therefore, what I saw is probably a bit off from the norm.
Despite the nice benefit packages most refugees get, they don’t amount to quite enough to get a flat in the city center of Paris (for the record, it was $150 a night or so for a two bedroom tiny apartment in the second district).
My thoughts are that the refugee situation in the CITY CENTER is NOT that bad. In fact, I hardly saw any. There were plenty of gypsies, but hardly any refugees bothering tourists.
THE MILITIA SITUATION
France has been on high alert as a country for quite some time now, and it shows in the military presence in Paris.
There were armed militia like this EVERYWHERE in the city. This is not normal police or private security, these are fully armed military trained soldiers. And they weren’t armed lightly, either. We’re talking full on machine guns and rifles.
This is not normal.
What’s amazing is that these troops are deployed in the first place. That shows that there is at least some recognition of the problem. However, this is a band-aid for a gunshot wound.
The real solution is to stop importing more refugees who are looking to hurt innocent people.
DESPITE THE LACK OF REFUGEES IN THE CENTER, PARIS FEELS LIKE AN AFRICAN COLONY
This was the most shocking thing to me. Paris really feels like it’s had an African country imported into it.
One night, I ventured out to the 18th District (there are 20, so 18 is on the outskirts) for dinner. My family was shocked at the situation out there. I’ll put it this way — you wouldn’t want to walk the two miles back to the second district at night. And I’ve gone through the ghettos of Barranquilla, Colombia.
Now, France at one point did have a lot of African colonies. Many African countries speak French as a secondary (or primary) language. So this wasn’t that surprising on paper. However, it is a little bit shocking to see it in person. Paris is as European as it gets on paper.
I’m sorry to say that the people of it make it feel undoubtedly UN-European.
PUSHY PUSHY POVERTY
The poverty of Paris is quite apparent. It’s easy to see why, too. The laws of economics clearly show that when there is an excess supply of something, demand will flatline. There won’t be enough demand to go around. Therefore, those who are supplying won’t have enough demand to stay in business.
Paris is the perfect example of this.
A surplus of restaurants, souvenir shops, and taxis simply mean that those people are hustling for your business. This is not a bad thing, but it gets bad when people on the street are physically grabbing you.
I stopped to snap a picture of the Sacre Coeur, and two of the sellers forcefully grabbed me and tried to get me to pay them to take a picture of me. When I responded with equal aggression to push them away, the French arrogance came out (I’ll write a whole separate post about that because it’s worth sharing).
Simply put, people are fighting for scraps. There is too much of an unskilled labor force all fighting for the same business.
There isn’t enough of a demand to go around. To top it off, the worse the refugee and immigrant situation becomes in France, the less people are going to travel there. The result will be even less demand and even more supply (as more unskilled labor gets shipped in and needs to find a way to make money).
I foresee the aggression getting even higher, more tourists being turned off, and this vicious cycle continuing.
Despite the overall negative tone of this article, I actually enjoyed my time in Paris. It’s a big, fascinating city. It’s full of rich culture, food, and history.
However, something definitely feels a bit off. It’s decidedly not European these days. It’s overrun. People are fighting for scraps.
And it’s only going to get worse.
There is little doubt in my mind that Paris is going to become European only in it’s history. The scary thing is that the new Paris is happening before our eyes. It won’t be too long until the transition is complete.
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