Is France a Safe or Dangerous Country?
Travelling in France is generally safe: it is ranked 58th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Burglary and property crime is a serious problem, but violent crime is rare; the main threats facing travelers are pickpockets, bag snatchers and scam artists.Recent terrorist attacks and threats have occurred in France (and other countries such as Denmark or Belgium); and while tourists should raise their level of caution, the police presence has been greatly increased in large cities to deter further attacks. While very few tourists have been victims of these attacks, the terrorist threat is reflected in the safety ranking. Be especially vigilant for bag and phone thieves at transport hubs like train stations, airports, restaurants, outdoor cafes, beaches and on public transport. Car-jacking and mugging when cars are stopped at red lights is sometimes a problem, especially in Marseille and Nice. Its it best to lock your car doors and roll up the windows when in these cities. Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Petty crime, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, is a serious problem around touristic areas and on public transport. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
France is an overall safe country with some more risks in certain urban areas. It is ranked 58th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As a top tourist destination, pickpocketing is the major risk for tourists in France. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
France is a safe country regarding risks of mugging and kidnapping, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities such as Paris or Marseilles and around major landmarks. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
They often are pickpockets in the Parisian subway, and taxis are for the most part the safest transportation method.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There is very little risk regarding natural disasters in France, other than avalanches which can be a significant threat when skiing in the Alps.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
Recent terrorist attacks and threats have occurred in France (and other countries such as Denmark or Belgium), and France is still a target.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
France is generally very safe for women travelers.