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    Chinese Police to Patrol Paris Streets

    Chinese Police Will Soon Patrol The Streets Of Paris - Business Insider



    Chinese police will be patrolling the streets of Paris this summer alongside their French counterparts to help combat a surge in attacks against high-spending Chinese tourists.

    The French authorities are determined to improve security for more than a million Chinese tourists who visit the capital for shopping and sightseeing each year.
    Their habit of carrying large amounts of cash has made them a “prime target for muggers and pickpockets”, a police source said.

    Chinese visitors to Paris are estimated to spend an average of €1,470 (£1,205) each on shopping, mainly buying designer brands, according to Global Blue, the Swiss-based duty free services company.

    An interior ministry official said the number of Chinese police to be deployed in Paris was still being decided. “Their role will be preventive and they will carry out patrols with French police at tourist sites,” the official said.

    In an incident that caused alarm in Beijing and received wide media coverage, a group of 23 Chinese visitors were robbed of cash and passports last year as they left a restaurant only a few hours after landing at Charles de Gaulle airport.

    “That was the tipping point,” said Tang Lu, the manager of the travel agency Chine Tourisme. “There had always been pickpockets, but last year physical attacks started happening along with the thefts.”

    The Chinese are the biggest buyers of duty free goods in Paris. The department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps employ hundreds of bilingual staff to help Chinese customers find their way around, but say they are powerless to protect them as they leave the stores.

    “We’ve witnessed a lot of muggings,” said a Chinese saleswoman at a luxury goods store. “The thieves are usually on motorbikes. They ride up on to the pavement and grab the tourists’ bags.”

    More Chinese tourists are expected this summer because of a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Communist China.

    In an indication of the importance Paris attaches to encouraging Chinese visitors, Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, personally welcomed tourists arriving on a flight from Beijing last week.

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    It certainly won't be long before.....


    Best be brushing up on one's Mandarin.

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    Good news for anyone visiting Paris. Thinking of those riots where French police could not do anything (eh, what were they doing?) and, it was it like 12000 cars were burned? Lawless Anarchy Country. (Hey, don't take your own Vehicle to france ) I believe Butterfly can give correct figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit Strategy

    Lawless Anarchy Country. (Hey, don't take your own Vehicle to france )
    Please do not confuse Paris ( a dirty shithole ) with France .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Please do not confuse Paris ( a dirty shithole ) with France .
    Rant begins.

    I will take that into consideration. Or you may be right but I can only speak of very limited... anyways the French did not like me or my Lady and they were outright racist so f.them up the a. Bloody newly underdeveloped country anyways, expensive rooms are filthy electricity does not work and no 3g forget 4g (4g I have at home in BKK, yeah even not annouced but it IS there, download 8-30mbit) and insanely slow edge. Different planet from SE Asia we love. No going back. Die die europe die.

    Rant ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Exit Strategy

    Lawless Anarchy Country. (Hey, don't take your own Vehicle to france )
    Please do not confuse Paris ( a dirty shithole ) with France .
    HA I remember touring in Europe some years ago. We came upon a tourist kiosk staffed by a couple of young French ladies, we had a look and started to talk to them when they suggested we visit I said no thanks we were just in Paris and wont go back again.

    Well they really got angry " Paris is not France" they said, then went on about how bad that place was and tried to convince us that the rest of France was worth a visit.

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    I... it is possible that I may have been a bit overly negative here. On balance, there are many interesting and beautiful places in France (I would still have to agree that Paris is a dirty shithole though )

    Countryside is beutiful. But I think you need decent amount of time to enjoy that peaceful and slow country life. Our holiday was a failure of clusterfk proportions, perhaps there was bad luck involved. Seems to me trying to do anything quickly in France is not such a great idea.

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    Would the French like a few Thai police? They aren't doing much work here at present.

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