In this Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 photo, an inspector of Paris' town hall in charge of checking locations for tourists makes a door to door inspection, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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PARIS: The first paying guests to the ground-floor studio flat newly posted on Airbnb were innocuous enough: A family, come to experience the joys of Paris, like many millions of others.Paris, long one of the world's top destinations, is still grateful for the billions of dollars that tourists pump into the French capital's economy and the 300,000 jobs they sustain.Jacques Boutault, mayor of Paris' central second arrondissement, is among those sounding the alarm. The rectangular district he oversees, boxed in by some of the city's must-visit sites, including the Pompidou art museum, has experienced a precipitous population decline as Airbnb has taken Paris by storm, with more listings than any other city worldwide. In 2012, Airbnb had 4,000 Paris-area listings.Three years on, Airbnb counts 65,000 listings inside Paris alone.To regulate the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms, Paris has since December required proprietors who list online to register.Any other Paris residence they may have can't be rented to tourists at all.
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