Virtuosa violinist Julie Berthollet says she is moving out of Paris after getting mugged TWICE in one day – and slams the city’s ‘every man for himself’ attitude
- The musician rose to stardom as part of a strings duo with younger sister Camille
- But Julie said she is now moving back to her native Switzerland after her ordeal
- She was mugged twice within minutes as men tried to steal phone and jewellery
- But passers by ignored the attacks and refused to come to the violinist’s aid
Virtuosa violinist Julie Berthollet has declared she plans to leave Paris after she endured a pair of muggings just minutes apart last month.
Berthollet, 25, rose to stardom upon forming a strings duo with younger sister Camille and the pair chose to settle in the French capital which has long been lauded for its bustling music and art scene.
But the musician said she is now moving back to her native Switzerland after seeing the ‘every man for himself’ attitude on display on the Parisian streets.
Julie was set upon twice by men trying first to steal her phone, then her jewellery, but was most perturbed by the total lack of interest or concern displayed by members of the public who witnessed the attacks.
Virtuosa violinist Julie Berthollet (pictured) has declared she plans to leave Paris after she endured a pair of muggings just minutes apart last month
Julie was set upon twice by men trying first to steal her phone, then her jewellery as she headed down the steps towards a metro station in the French capital
Julie Berthollet, 25 (right), rose to stardom upon forming a strings duo with younger sister Camille (left) and the pair chose to settle in the French capital which has long been lauded for its bustling music and art scene
Julie told Swiss publication L’Illustré she was walking along the banks of the Seine on June 22 when a man tried to grab her iPhone out of her hand.
She managed to cling on and scream at her would-be mugger, who ultimately fled.
‘I have strong hands because of my violin playing, I resisted. I held tight to my iPhone and I shouted: ”Are you mad? Coward!” The individual left,’ Julie said.
But she was then accosted minutes later by another individual at the entrance to a metro station.
The second attacker ripped off her bracelets and necklaces before brandishing a knife to discourage her from fighting back – all while passers-by went about their day seemingly without batting an eye.
‘It’s every man for himself [in Paris],’ Julie said.
‘I absolutely don’t have the ability to put up with all this ambient violence. In Paris when you say ‘Hello’ to someone they take it as an aggression.
‘It’s not like that in Switzerland. Here people are polite. They don’t ignore each other.’
Julie said people walked around her as she lay on the ground after being mugged with ‘total indifference’ and never came close to trying to intervene.
She caught a train to Geneva in her native Switzerland and spent the journey in tears, both in shock from the attack and the way in which bystanders completely ignored her plight.
Paris is known as the city of love and the fashion capital of the world, not to mention its reputation for world-renowned cuisine and burgeoning art scene.
Socialist Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo has faced widespread criticism for the perceived decline of the French capital
A social media campaign earlier this year highlighted the issues facing Hidalgo when disgruntled Parisians began flooding Instagram and Twitter with snaps of waste-covered streets and overflowing bins
But many believe the city has deteriorated rapidly in recent years, with much of the criticism for the Parisian decline being directed at mayor Anne Hidalgo.
The socialist mayor has promised to clean up the city with a mind to cracking down on crime and ridding the city’s streets of rubbish before the capital hosts the 2024 Olympic Games.
But a social media campaign earlier this year highlighted the issues facing Hidalgo when disgruntled Parisians began flooding Instagram and Twitter with snaps of waste-covered streets and overflowing bins.
The images, accompanied by the hashtag #SaccageParis (Pillage of Paris) brought into stark contrast the decline of what was once one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations.