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    Safety While Travelling In France

    How safe are you while travelling in France as a tourist? Any certain places you should avoid? I have always thought of it as a relatively safe place to travel to but I know there are some dangerous areas that should be avoided.

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    Generally, all the big cities have certain areas which tend to be unsafe, especially at night. In Paris, avoid the 18th and 19 arrondissements at night. Many areas in the banlieus on the outskirts of Paris are homes to large immigrant populations and are often areas with high crime rates. Even the 2nd arrondissement in the city center can be quite iffy at night, avoid traveling alone in these areas.
    Most Paris métro stops are safe; the real threat is from pickpockets. Try to keep your passport locked up in the hotel room. Be aware of your surroundings and make sure your wallets are kept in your front pockets and ladies always should be mindful of their handbags and purses.
    Violent crime is not as common in France as in the United States, the main thing is to try and avoid the pickpockets.

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    Re: Safety While Travelling In France

    Some of the areas in the northern port towns such as Calais should be avoided at night too. These places are meeting points for refugees and asylum seekers who are trying to cross the channel to the UK and whilst the vast majority are harmless, there are criminal elements mixed in who can cause trouble to the unsuspecting tourist.

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    Re: Safety While Travelling In France

    Stay away from dark alleyways and do not go to suspicious-looking places in general.
    Also, buy a chain for your wallet. Pickpockets get discouraged when they see that you have a wallet chain.
    Bring an umbrella with you when you're travelling alone. An umbrella is an effective self-defense tool and attackers also get discouraged when someone has a tool of any kind that can be used to defend one's self.
    Cheers.

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    Re: Safety While Travelling In France

    Generally France is very safe. However when going to a new city just ask the locals (the hotel reception, a barman, taxi driver etc) if there are any areas that you should avoid. They will help you and will be able to answer much more accurately about the specific areas in different cities.

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    Safety Tips For Women In France While Travelling Alone

    I like the umbrella idea

    Yeah, I feel like the local people of the area would be the best to ask as long as you can find someone who you can easily communicate. You're probably much more likely to remember if it's fresh in your mind too.

    Would you recommend anything for helping ladies keep their bags safe? Would just using a bag that you can have go across your chest be enough of a deterrent since you can't grab it as easily, or should you avoid certain styles that they might be able to slip there hand into even if it's still on you too?

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    More Safety Tips For Tourists

    Something that goes across your chest should be fine. And make sure to keep it in the front side, this way you always have eyes on it.

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    Re: Safety While Travelling In France

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohyesuare View Post
    How safe are you while travelling in France as a tourist? Any certain places you should avoid? I have always thought of it as a relatively safe place to travel to but I know there are some dangerous areas that should be avoided.
    France is like most western european countries when it comes down to safety: VERY safe! You shouldn't worry that much about your safety, but you must bear in mind there will always be thieves wherever you go. So be careful if you use public transport. I'd also advice you to avoid the zones that are inhabited by immigrants, yes, sorry if this might offend someone, but generally those zones are the most dangerous ones. If you do this, you should be fine... just use your best judgement in each situation and you should be fine.

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    Re: Safety While Travelling In France

    In all the countries or in cities at the night you are unsafe some theft and robbers are moving here and there specially for the tourist if they realized then they get every thing to you and go away..Police is also moving but i think robbers and theft are more clever..Be careful tourist....

 

 

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