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While French politicians such as Mayor Anne Hidalgo expressed sympathy for Kim Kardashian after the reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night, many members of the international press and fashion show attendees at Paris Fashion Week seemed a bit more skeptical of how severe Kardashian’s ordeal was.
Reporters gathered in front of the private hotel where the incident occurred seemed to react with a Gallic shrug.
“Where did they get a gun? Sounds fake,” was the first reaction of one British journalist. She was quickly seconded by an American who thought “the whole thing sounds made up.”
Kardashian was reportedly tied up and locked in her bathroom after the building’s concierge led five masked gunmen to her room. They made off with upward of $11 million (€10 million) in jewels.
But despite two terror attacks in the city last year, gun crime is relatively rare in France.
“She was probably drunk after the L’Oreal party and let them in accidentally,” joked one American fashion editor about the big beauty brand’s bash Sunday night.
However, Kardashian is said to be a famous teetotaler (despite promoting Midori liquor from 2011 to 2013).
Still, sympathy didn’t seem to be in the cards. “Or she tagged herself there. Criminals can have Instagram too,” said the American editor.
“Well, she should stop Instagramming pictures of herself in her hotel bathroom,” added an American magazine contributor.
Despite the “No Address Hotel” being a bastion of celebrity privacy for the likes of Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio in Paris, it seemed Kardashian’s location was quite well known.
Inside Paris Fashion Week shows the sentiment was similar. Those constantly caught up in the strobe light swirl of paparazzi that follows Kardashian everywhere seemed to believe the incident was caused, at least in part, by her own photographic frenzy.
“She sat right across from me at the Givenchy show and there were guys coming up and taking photos of her and people taking pictures of her. It felt really kind of exposed. If there had been a shooting at a fashion show, I wouldn’t have been surprised because the whole situation felt sort of out of control,” said a British newspaper editor.
“The whole scene that follows her around fashion shows is of her own making. If she didn’t have that scene her business plan would fall apart. Her wealth is predicated on it,” added an American journalist. “I’m sure she’s going to turn up at another show.”
Kardashian reportedly left Paris early in the morning via the city’s private airport Le Bourget.
Still others questioned why Kardashian would not have private security in addition to what seemed to be a single, unarmed concierge at the high-end apartments where she was staying.
While France has stricter gun laws than the U.S., requiring licenses to be renewed yearly and completed with a psychological exam, private security guards can own and operate firearms. Firms like ISS provide security at many fashion shows and parties as well as work as private guards for individuals.
Kardashian had a team with her when she was accosted by Vitalii Sediuk last Wednesday, and they quickly tackled him to the ground.
“The Saudis always have their own bodyguards, and they’re not famous, not instantly recognizable,” added the British reporter, noting that there was just one concierge in a building housing apartments that rent for up to $16,800 (€15,000) a night and returning to the common theme: “It just doesn’t make sense.”
One attendee at this afternoon’s Hermes show seemed to drive home the incredulity of it all: “And they got away by bicycle?”
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