Is France Safe?

Aug 17th, 2001, 06:46 AM
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Is France Safe?

I've just read that, exclusive of murder and rape, France has surpassed the USA in most crimes, including robbery, car theft and handbag/pick-pocketing. Also, there is a trial going on that has shed light that some young blacks in the Paris area have organized into groups who gangrape young French girls. Is France safe?
Aug 17th, 2001, 07:21 AM
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I think that as will all places, if you are smart, aware, and don't take unneccesary risks...........crime is purely incidental. Don't let that hamper your trip. You can easily judge an area's safety by the way it looks. If you are a women alone, don't walk around unfamiliar areas at night......basically use your common sense. Most crime, theft, pick-pocketing, etc, that I have heard about come from people not being careful, or not making proper decisions. I never carry a purse, I have my passport on me at all times. I take out small amounts of money at ATM's. etc. You will be fine!!! Carey
Aug 17th, 2001, 08:07 AM
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Dont go
Aug 17th, 2001, 08:20 AM
Ben Haines
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France is safe. For detail read consular advice
from Australia on
from Britain on and on
from Canada on, under "Travel Reports"
from France on
from the USA on, under "travel warnings"
Some experienced American travellers find the American site over-cautious. It is therefor useful to check all five sites.

Ben Haines, London

Aug 17th, 2001, 08:35 AM
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I agree with Carey - use common sense. We went to Paris in April and had a fabulous time. Contrary to popular belief - the French can be very friendly and helpful in a one-on-one situation. We even used the metro system, which was very efficient and we felt safe all the while. We did a lot of walking around the areas, even backstreets and felt extremely safe. We had been warned about pick-pockets (usually young kids) who are very sophisticated and QUICK - so use caution about carrying sums of money on your person. Stay on the "beaten paths", act confident and alert and you should be just fine. One other tip - when asking for directions, help, or ordering in a restaurant - always preface your request with "Bon Jour" or "Bon Soir". Apparently to the French it is just another way of being friendly and, according to them, less demanding than going straight to the request.
Aug 17th, 2001, 09:04 AM
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France isn't safe, Spain isn't safe, so if tourists stay away in droves, the Basque Nationalists will win their independence, right?
Aug 17th, 2001, 09:19 AM
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Clarence: I really do not understand your question. If you are afraid of being robbed, maybe you should stay home. The wife of my boss just got robbed in a department store here in Switzerland. It can happen anywhere, you know. Just use common sense.
Aug 17th, 2001, 09:33 AM
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Here's a article (dated July 1, 2001) I found entitled "Car Theft, Violent Crime Rates Are Up in Europe"

It begins...

Odds are your vacation will pass happily and harm-free, whether you spend it in Washington, D.C., or Wales. But before you relax entirely, consider your wallet, your car, your life insurance and these findings from a British government team that analyzed crime rates around Europe, North America and other places.

Its report, published on the Internet in June by the British government's Home Office,

shows that while the United States was enjoying steady decreases in crime through the late 1990s, some European countries were suffering through substantial increases, especially in two areas that might interest a traveler: violent crime and car thefts.

The author, Christopher Reynolds, points out "I would never abandon a chosen destination because of these statistics alone." but then adds "But there's plenty here to maybe inspire a bit more pre-trip preparation."

I think both of last sentences of his address -- simply but very well -- the questions about crime that seem to pop up here so frequently. Be careful and be aware, but don't let statistics alone scare you away from a country you want to visit.
Aug 17th, 2001, 09:43 AM
i must have been asleep
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I must have been asleep when the news bulletin cam across...when did they announce that the UNITED STATES is safe???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 17th, 2001, 09:52 AM
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The rape of young white girls by blacks is justice served due to 500 years of colonialism. If if happens to you, don't blame the black gent who's getting his ancestors' just revenge, blame Disraeli, Lord Salisbury, Queen Victoria, Robert Clive or Michael Caine.
Aug 17th, 2001, 10:17 AM
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I just returned last week from 8 days in Paris; we were six females. We rode all the public transportation, including the metro at 1 a.m. We never felt threatened in any way. There were always others around; the city is always active. Obviously you secure your purse or money and never wander around in a fog, but I live in Washington, DC and that is good advice here too. We found the French to be very open to helping us - any time we were trying to get our point across (try explaining to a French pharmacist that you need Ben-Gay-the one medication I did not bring), someone would step up and translate for us. We never saw any pickpocket gangs (but then that's their game plan). Keep only spending money in an accessible place; separate your credit cards; keep your eyes open. And have a wonderful time.
Aug 17th, 2001, 10:23 AM
mimi taylor
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There's drugs, theft, drunken youths at the clubs closing in my neighborhood. Yet I feel safe.
Aug 17th, 2001, 12:52 PM
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Justice served? I don't even know what to say to this...
Aug 17th, 2001, 04:10 PM
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Yes, better to stay in the US --- much safer!!!
Aug 17th, 2001, 04:41 PM
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There's an interesting article about this topic in today's USA Today newspaper. A few intersting points:

- Number of U.S. passports reported missing in Paris this year May 1 to
Aug. 1 is 1,071, up from 763 in this period last year

- Crime in the Metro is 25% higher this year, according to Paris police. Overall crime rate in Paris is up 7% this year.

- Crime in all of France is up 10% this year.

As you would guess, the article states that Americans are among the favorite targets of pickpockets because they carry cash and credit cards. American passports are also a valuable commodity.
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