On the night of April 21st 1944, in preparation for the Normandy landings on June 6th, British and American bombers targeted German-run factories and rail yards in occupied Paris.
641 Parisians were killed and 377 wounded. (Photo RATP:Porte de la Chapelle)
Much worse than the recent attacks but that was war.
In peace time Paris has experienced many assassinations and terrorist attacks over the centuries:
1800: Attempted assassination of Napoleon Bonaparte (22 dead 50+ wounded)
1835: attempted assassination of King Louis Phillippe (18 dead, 22 injured)
1893: An anarchist’s bomb was thrown into the Chambre des deputés (0 dead, 1 wounded).
1894: Anarchist Emile Henry detonated a bomb in the Gare St. Lazare (1 dead, 20 wounded)
1894: Carnot, the president of France, was stabbed to death by an Italian anarchist.
1914 – 1958: Various assassinations took place in Paris.
1962: Quai d’Orsay bombed by the OAS (1 dead, 12 wounded)
1974: The Drugstore St-Germain-des-Près bombed, allegedly by Carlos. (2 dead, 34 injured)
1975: Two RPG attacks on Orly by Carlos. (0 dead, 24 injured)
Bomb attack at Gare de l’Est ( 1 dead, 6 wounded)
Hostages taken at the Iraqi embassy (1 dead, 2 injured)
1978: Three terrorists shoot El Al passengers at Orly (4 dead, 5 injured)
1979: A bombing at a Jewish hostel and an assassination on the Champs Elysees (1 dead, 32 injured)
1980: 2 assassinations (2 dead) and 3 bombings (3 dead 42 wounded)
1981: Shooting (2 dead, 1 wounded), bombing (15 wounded), hostages taken at Turkish consulate (2 dead, 2 injured)
1982: Assassination of US Asst. Army Attaché by Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction.
Anti-Syrian newspaper car bombing (1 dead, 60 injured)
Bombing on café terrace Place Saint-Michel by ASLA (0 dead, 51 injured)
Shooting rue des Rosiers by Abu Nidal Org. (6 dead, 22 wounded)
Bombing at Israeli consulate (0 dead, 51 injured)
1983: Bombing at Turkish travel agency (1 dead, 4 injured)
Bombing at Orly by ASLALA (8 dead, 56 injured)
1984: Assassination of UAE ambassador by the ANO (1 dead)
1985: 2 shooting & 3 bombings (2 dead 75 wounded)
1986: Multiple bombings from Feb – Nov (15 dead, 250 injured)
1988: Arson in cinema showing The Last Temptation of Christ by a Catholic group. (0 dead, 14 injured)
1995/6: Bombings in the Métro and RER (12 dead, 310- injured)
2004: Bombing of Indonesian Embassy by an Islamic group (0 dead, 10 injured)
2013: Stabbing of a French soldier by an Islamist (1 wounded)
2015: January - Shooting of a policewoman, Charlie Hebdo artists and Kosher Supermarket customers by Islamic terrorists (20 dead, 22 injured)
-November - Simultaneous bombings and shootings at 6 places around Paris (130 dead, 352 injured) – a different kind of terrorism, not aimed at a specific group but at all citizens.
So, to those who would offer advice and prayers for Paris
from their limited experience and those who
try to terrorise Paris, Parisians reply:
MÊME PAS PEUR.
Not for nothing is our motto
Art by Joann Sfar.
PARIS, PARIS BOMBING 1944, TERRORISM IN PARIS,