‘Real’ Emily in Paris from Donegal says the French city is full of pickpockets and mean people

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An Irish college student living in Paris has gone viral after sharing the downside of the city – and what it’s really like doing an ‘Emily in Paris’.

Mandy Cherie, 22, originally from Donegal, has lived in the French capital for the past three years and has studied business and marketing in addition to the language of love.

But as young people romanticize the city on social media, following the release of Netflix’s Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins, Mandy has revealed that living in the City of Lights isn’t all it’s about.

On TikTok, the young woman has shared several clips about the dirt, the rampant pickpockets and weekly protests – with one of the videos 8.9 million views and 1.4 million likes so far.

Although she had some grievances with the French capital, Mandy also said she loved the French lifestyle and fashion and invited others to visit Paris.

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Mandy Cherie, 22, from Donegal, Ireland, has lived in Paris for three years and is called real life Emily in Paris

Mandy Cherie, 22, from Donegal, Ireland, has lived in Paris for three years and is called real life Emily in Paris

In 2020, the show about how the American girl Emily, played by Lilly Collins, in the picture, moved to the French capital, was a big hit for Netflix.

In 2020, the show about how the American girl Emily, played by Lilly Collins, in the picture, moved to the French capital, was a big hit for Netflix.

In 2020, the show about how the American girl Emily, played by Lilly Collins, in the picture, moved to the French capital, was a big hit for Netflix.

Sure, you might have some romance, à la Emily – but be prepared for dog poo ‘all over the place’ on the street and hold your breath through a stench of smoke as you head for your date, Mandy warned.

And as an expat, you may have a hard time, as Mandy said that it is ‘difficult to find a job and housing as a foreigner’.

There is also the high cost of living and ‘mean Parisians’ to fight.

“A lot of people think it will be the most romantic and perfect place, as we see in Emily in Paris,” Mandy said.

Mandy spread throughout the city, sharing her grievances about Paris

Mandy spread throughout the city, sharing her grievances about Paris

She said there were pickpockets 'everywhere' and that one should be careful

Mandy, in the picture, complained about ‘mean Parisians’ and bad service, left in her video, also saying Paris was full of pickpockets

While that aspect exists, it’s also important to keep in mind that it’s a real city with real problems.

“For instance, every aspect of life is slowed down by bureaucracy, and one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is learning the language, which can often feel overwhelming.”

In a TikTok video, Mandy walks the city streets dressed in a chic outfit, including a baby yellow jacket, cream sweater, leather skirt and trendy patterned tights.

The Eiffel Tower can be seen in the background shaking her head describing her annoyances with the city and saying they give her ‘the ick’ – a term to describe something that makes you cringe.

Mandy, in the photo, said the cost of living in Paris was very high

Mandy, in the photo, said the cost of living in Paris was very high

She added that there were dog feces all over town as well

She added that there were dog feces all over town as well

Irish woman in Paris complained about the high cost of living in Paris and the fact that there was dog poo everywhere

The 22-year-old also said the Paris apartments were 'small'

The 22-year-old also said the Paris apartments were 'small'

In one of her follow-up videos, Mandy said pPrisians were rude

In one of her follow-up videos, Mandy said pPrisians were rude

Mandy, in the photo, said Parisians were ‘rude’ and the city’s apartments were ‘small’ in one of her follow-up videos

Mandy, pictured posing at a French metro entrance

Mandy, pictured posing at a French metro entrance

She joked that learning French was one of the biggest downsides to living in Paris

She joked that learning French was one of the biggest downsides to living in Paris

Mandy, pictured by the metro on the left, joked that learning French was one of the bad things about living in France

In follow-up videos Mandy describes more problems with her current city, such as the ‘small apartments, drama in the metro, rude Parisians’ and the fact that you have to learn to speak French.

But the insight didn’t deter France’s hardcore fans, with one person commenting, ‘I’m still going to Paris’ in caps.

“No, I’m staying in Britain, we’re safe here,” someone else wrote.

‘I love Paris: only 2 problems, 1: there are only apartments. 2: if you don’t have money, you can’t survive a week in beauty there, ‘wrote another.

The Irish girl said the town smelled like smoke because everyone smoked in the street

The Irish girl said the town smelled like smoke because everyone smoked in the street

She also complained of protests, which she said took place on a weekly basis

She also complained of protests, which she said took place on a weekly basis

The Irish woman, pictured, said there were weekly protests and the town smelled of smoke

Mandy said it was difficult to find a job and a flat as a foreigner

Mandy said it was difficult to find a job and a flat as a foreigner

She also said there were many incidents on the Paris metro

She also said there were many incidents on the Paris metro

Mandy, in the photo, said it was difficult to find a job and accommodation in Paris and that there was a lot of ‘drama’ going on in the metro

Mandy said, “It [the original video] went viral a lot more than I expected.

‘A lot of people take it as if I hated Paris, but that’s not the case at all.

A lot of people come to Paris expecting it to be some sort of Pinterest board, totally unprepared for the not-so-romantic aspects of the city.

‘We rarely see the pickpockets, the crazy things that happen on the subway or the daily problems that are talked about on social media or in movies.

“I wish more people could understand that you can love a city despite its flaws.”

The 22-year-old Irish woman also said there were good reasons for wanting to move to Paris like her

The 22-year-old Irish woman also said there were good reasons for wanting to move to Paris like her

The 22-year-old Irish woman also said there were good reasons for wanting to move to Paris like her

Mandy said people should follow their dreams if they want to move to Paris

Mandy said people should follow their dreams if they want to move to Paris

She said life in the European city had broadened her horizons

She said life in the European city had broadened her horizons

Pictured: Mandy told people to follow their dreams and said Paris had given her the opportunity to learn a new language and culture

Mandy said the evenings in Paris were 'great' in the video

Mandy said the evenings in Paris were 'great' in the video

She added that Paris was a fashion and cultural capital of the world

She added that Paris was a fashion and cultural capital of the world

The 22-year-old Irish expat praised Paris in one of her videos as the fashion and culture capital of the world

The Irish woman said she fell in love with Paris and the lifestyle and enjoyed all the experiences it offered her (pictured in Paris)

The Irish woman said she fell in love with Paris and the lifestyle and enjoyed all the experiences it offered her (pictured in Paris)

The Irish woman said she fell in love with Paris and the lifestyle and enjoyed all the experiences it offered her (pictured in Paris)

Mandy originally moved to Paris as part of an Erasmus program with her university, where she studied French.

She realized she was ‘really in love’ with the city and the lifestyle, and enjoyed the new experiences and ‘wonderful’ people it offered.

In a separate clip, real life Emily in Paris has also shared why people should move to the French capital, including the ‘great nights out’ and the incredible fashion and culture.

People said they wanted to go to Paris despite Mandy's playful smears.  Some joked that Britain was safer

People said they wanted to go to Paris despite Mandy's playful smears.  Some joked that Britain was safer

People said they wanted to go to Paris despite Mandy’s playful smears. Some joked that Britain was safer

Mandy has lived in Paris since 2017 when she moved there for the Erasmus exchange program

Mandy has lived in Paris since 2017 when she moved there for the Erasmus exchange program

Mandy has lived in Paris since 2017 when she moved there for the Erasmus exchange program

Mandy said there were still many things she liked about Paris

Mandy said there were still many things she liked about Paris

The TikTok star said she never expected to go viral with her videos

The TikTok star said she never expected to go viral with her videos

While she went viral for criticizing the French capital, Mandy said, in the photo, that there were still many things she liked about Paris

The Irish-born Parisian said she had adapted to living in the French capital and that the good sides outweigh the bad sides

The Irish-born Parisian said she had adapted to living in the French capital and that the good sides outweigh the bad sides

The Irish-born Parisian said she had adapted to living in the French capital and that the good sides outweigh the bad sides