‘Irritating’ Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris’ is brushing climate change issues under the carpet, deputy mayor fumes

Netflix’s glitzy series “Emily in Paris” has gained a global fanbase since the streaming giant premiered the rom-com in 2020—but it doesn’t seem to have proven popular

with those running the French capital. The third season of the Netflix series—which follows a young American woman, played by Lily Collins, who relocates to Paris for

work—hit screens in December. Its release may have helped fuel interest in Parisian tourism, with American Google searches for “Paris vacation” rising to their highest

numbers in five years in the weeks following season three’s debut. Searches for “Emily in Paris” surged more than 1,000% higher at the same time. The interest sparked by

travelers hoping to get an in-person glimpse of Paris as seen in the show has led to a swathe of articles and tours promising to help people step into the shoes of protagonist

Emily Cooper. Even Paris’s official tourism website has published articles detailing the best locations in the city for fans of the series to visit. “Irritating”

Netflix series However, David Belliard—the deputy mayor of Paris, who in charge of transforming the city’s public spaces and transport—let loose in an op-ed in French

publication Libération on Thursday about his disapproval of the “irritating” Netflix series and its “complete erasure” of climate-related issues, describing the show’s portrayal

of Paris as an “urban caricature where the Eiffel Tower is there, in the background, at every street corner.”