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China's Investors Aren't Scared of Paris

  • November terrorist attacks capped growth in Chinese tourism
  • Pierre & Vacances, Accor among those with Chinese shareholders
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 15: Chinese tourists pose for a picture with Versailles castle in the background on November 15, 2015 in Paris, France. As France observes three days of national mourning members of the public continue to pay tribute to the victims of Friday's deadly attacks. A special service for the families of the victims and survivors is to be held at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral later on Sunday.
Photographer: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

After years of drawing bus-loads of Chinese tourists, France saw the flow ebb following November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. China’s investors haven’t been so squeamish.

While the Eiffel tower and the Champs Elysees are seeing fewer Chinese visitors, investors from the Asian giant are plowing money into Europe’s second-largest economy. Chinese investment in France jumped 160 percent last year, reaching $3.62 billion, according to a study by Baker & McKenzie. Although small compared with the $15.3 billion they poured into the U.S., investments in France may be set to rise.