After a dramatic downturn in visitors to the French capital over the past two years، Paris attracted as many tourists at the end of 2016 as it did before the wave of deadly terrorist attacks that hit the City of Lights، France24 reported. Tourism increased by nearly 20 percent last year، returning to pre-terrorism levels، according to figures by the French capital’s official tourism office. Tourism was one of the collateral victims of jihadist attacks that devastated the city، starting in January 2015 with the deadly Charlie Hebdo shooting. Islamist terrorism shattered the city in November 2015 when gunmen attacked Paris bars and restaurants، the Bataclan concert hall، and the Stade de France sports arena on the outskirts of the city. Tourism officials nevertheless admitted they were struggling to win back certain nationalities. There were 35 percent fewer tourists from Italy، and more than 50 percent less from Japan، as compared to pre-attack levels.