If you’ve seen the headlines in US News reports, you know that a bomb exploded in Paris and that one person died, five were wounded. The incident happened in a building that housed law offices – and the targets were lawyers. The building located on Blvd. Malsherbes is located on Paris’s Right Bank in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs Elysees.
The bomb was a package bomb opened by a secretary in a law office.
A second package bomb was retrieved.
The building which housed law offices included law offices associated with President Sarkozy, yet the package bomb was apparently not directed specifically toward that firm. Read the full story on France24.com.
Paris has not had an incident involving bombs since 1985-1986.
Between December 7, 1985 and September 17, 1986, eleven terrorist bomb explosions took place in Paris. Thirteen people died immediately, 255 others were injured.
One bomb had been deposited in a trash can near the Arc de Triomphe and the other at the St. Michel RER station.
Past explosions in the 1980s also occurred at the Rue de Rennes station, at a famous deli in the Marais district, Fouquets on the Champs Elysees and the Michelin star restaurant Le Grand Vefour.
As a result of those bombings, the French government required that ALL visitors to France apply for visas during the time period following these incidents. When the wave of bombings subsided, so did the visa requirements.
The French security forces are topnotch and will respond to the present situation quickly. As tourists coming to Paris, the current incidents should not change your travel plans in any way (in my opinion as a frequent traveler to Paris).