Tourists should be careful with their belongings in Paris. After two years of Covid sleep, the robbers have awakened and are striking around monuments and in subways. The French capital fears for its image, with the Olympic Games approaching, among other things.
Tourism is picking up and that is good news for Paris, but that is also reflected in the safety figures. 49,000 incidents were reported in the first three months of this year, mostly theft with and without violence. That is 25 percent more than in 2021, although that was a very calm moment due to the pandemic.
The police reactivated its “pickpocket plan” last week, and will patrol more attractions such as the Champs-Élysées, Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Seine quays until September. This plan was conceived for Asian tourists who often carry a lot of money, but is now intended for all holidaymakers.
A notorious place is the Trocadéro. Last week, seven Algerians were charged with having a group of undocumented minors steal telephones and gold chains. This network built these guys out and gave them drugs in exchange for the stolen stuff.
The capital is disappointed with the situation, because the image of Paris is at stake.