Is Paris a safe place for Chinese Tourists ?
France announced that it would intensify efforts to protect tourists in Paris after a series of attacks on Asian visitors took the title in China that the Chinese Embassy has demanded action.
Interior and Ministers of Tourism Manuel Valls and Sylvia Pinel said on a tour of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower that 200 police officers had been on patrol to protect tourists and steps have been taken to help foreigners to prevent and report crimes.
France is the most visited country in the world, and solid tourism revenues are a bright spot in a depressed economy.
But reports of pickpockets and muggers targeting Chinese tourists have skyrocketed lately, tarnishing the image of the French capital as a preferred destination for couples and love-struck high-end buyers.
“Paris is really a safe place ? “.
Minor offenses against Chinese nationals jumped 22 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, a police official in Paris told Reuters. He said Asian tourists have been targeted because they were known to have a lot of money on them.
Louvre staff went on strike in April on higher pickpockets, closing the world’s most visited museum for a day.
Security guards say that Chinese tourists visiting France for the first time seem to get easily distracted as the most experienced European tourists contemplating works like the Mona Lisa.
Police recently issued a “Guide to Safety in Paris” – translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish – advising tourists to carry a minimum of cash, tickets promote small and beware teenage gangs often from Eastern Europe, who pick pockets while making bogus petitions.
At the Louvre, tourists can now file legal complaints directly on the site in 16 languages without going to the police.
1.4 million Chinese visited France
About 1.4 million Chinese visited France last year, up 23 centt from 2011. Millionaires in China, their destination rate.
But a group of 75 French luxury brands including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Hermes warned in May that Chinese buyers, the biggest consumers in the world, London or Milan promoting risk because they consider Paris as dangerous.
In March, a group of 23 Chinese were stolen within hours of landing in Paris. In June, six students were attacked Chinese wine in Bordeaux during an attack Valls called “xenophobic”.
The Chinese Embassy urged the French authorities over the past months to respond to the question, which was also raised when the socialist president François Hollande last visited China in April to meet with his counterpart Xi Jinping.