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SPOTLIGHT: A DARKER REALITY IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Paris has always had a dark side.

Uprisings, demonstrations, even revolution...the streets of Paris have been awash in blood time and again over the centuries. In far more recent months, terror attacks, floods and strikes have stamped the City of Light as the standing capital of tumult.

Now, a bit of that dark side has arrived in the reality TV world of the Kardashian clan. Kim Kardashian West, one of the most recognizable faces on the internet and wife of rapper Kanya West, was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours Monday at a luxury residence in central Paris. The thieves, disguised as policemen, stole a reported 10 million euros worth of jewelry from the star.

As paparazzi descend on Paris, no doubt someone will warn that even the high-end neighborhood where the reality TV star was robbed has become a "no-go zone." Tourism is the city's lifeblood, and though still the world's most visited destination, Paris has lost some 750 million euros in tourism revenue from the first half of this year alone, following the November 2015 terror attacks.

Paris has long glittered bright in the world's collective imagination, which has made it both a symbol and a target for those with nefarious intentions. When its darker side surfaces, the shadow extends far beyond the internet.

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