Paris official wants to ban Airbnb from the French capital

An official in Paris has said he wants to ban Airbnb from the French capital, accusing him of forcing residents to leave the city

A Paris official said he would propose to prohibit the rental of homes through Airbnb and other websites in the city center, accusing the service of forcing residents to leave the French capital.

Ian Brossat, the city council member in charge of housing, also said he would seek to prohibit the purchase of second homes in Paris, saying such measures were necessary to prevent the city from becoming a museum. outdoors & # 39;

With some 60,000 apartments on offer in the city, Paris is the largest market for Airbnb, which, like other home-sharing platforms, has come under increasing pressure from cities that say it increases rentals for locals.

An official in Paris has said he wants to ban Airbnb from the French capital, accusing him of forcing residents to leave the city

An official in Paris has said he wants to ban Airbnb from the French capital, accusing him of forcing residents to leave the city

Brossat, who is expected to head the Communist Party's list for next year's European Parliament elections, told AFP: "One residence in four no longer houses Parisians.

"Do we want Paris to be a city that the middle classes can afford, or do we want it to be a playground for Saudi or American billionaires?"

Brossat has had Airbnb and its rivals in its sights for years, and recently published a book that attacks the US giant called Airbnb or Uberised City.

He wants to ban short-term tourist rental of entire apartments in the First, Second, Third and Fourth District of Paris, home to some of the most popular sites in the world, including the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum.

"If we do nothing, there will no longer be locals: as in Ile Saint-Louis, we will end up with a decrease in the number of residents and food stores converted into clothing or souvenir shops." he added, referring to the island of the Seine in the shadow of the cathedral of Notre-Dame.

"We will live in an open-air museum."

Ian Brossat, the city council member in charge of housing, said: "Do we want Paris to be a city that the middle classes can afford, or do we want it to be a playground for Saudi or American billionaires?"

Ian Brossat, the city council member in charge of housing, said: "Do we want Paris to be a city that the middle classes can afford, or do we want it to be a playground for Saudi or American billionaires?"

Ian Brossat, the city council member in charge of housing, said: "Do we want Paris to be a city that the middle classes can afford, or do we want it to be a playground for Saudi or American billionaires?"

Brossat expects the measures to be included in a law designed to revise the French property laws that will be discussed this autumn.

The administration of the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has already taken action against Airbnb and others, which requires owners to register in the city and limit the number of rentals to 120 nights per year.

Last month, the city said the total amount of fines levied against housing rental platforms rose to 1.38 million euros ($ 1.60 million, £ 1.24 million) from January to August 15, compared with 1.3 million euros for the year 2017 in general.

Its repression echoes those of other very interesting tourist destinations, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin.

Last month, Airbnb sued New York City after it passed a law obliging family distribution platforms to disclose information about their hosts, labeling it as a campaign funded by the city's powerful hotel lobby.

Airbnb, based in San Francisco, says it provides a useful service by helping visitors find temporary affordable housing, while allowing homeowners to supplement their income.

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