As an American, I’ve always wanted to go to Paris. You see it in the movies all the time and it just seems like the most amazing place in Europe.
And now I’m here, reporting on the huge protests taking place in the city and across the country against Macron’s carbon taxes.
That's not the only thing shocking about seeing Paris for the first time:
The streets aren’t all French. The people are unhappy and terrified. There are whole parts of the city that I’ve been warned not to enter — and I’ve just learned that one part of the city, Seine-Saint-Denis, is now being completely dominated by economic migrants camping out in the streets, draining public services and creating social tension.
And it's not me saying it — that's according to a parliamentary report.
Paris still has its beautiful monuments and buildings like the Eiffel Tower, although it is now surrounded by giant barriers that just look so out of place. Is this really Europe?