Is Paris burning?

Is Paris burning? It is the title of the non-fiction book written by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. Although the topic of the book is the liberation of Paris during World War II, I am forced to think about the title considering what is happening in Paris in the past two years. Two days back, there was a shooting on Champs-Élysées. The shooting is one of the several instances of violence in Paris in the previous two years.

I have spent two and a half years in Paris. I hated the city first and fell in love with the city. I always found the city to be peaceful. The city brings smile to your face and it does make you smile from inside. To think it to be city beseiged with violence is not a pleasant thought. But why? Paris is such a beautiful city. Why would anyone want scar the city with violence and terror?


  1. Original Paris Burning was on Nazi occupation. At least you knew the enemy. Present attacks are by enemy whom no one knows. It is more dangerous.

    1. I agree that enemy had a face, in the figurative sense. We struggle to find the enemy within now.


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