Paris’ iconic monument has two glitzy new glass pavilions on its revamped 1st floor housing interactive history exhibits. The tower is surrounded by open areas on both banks of the Seine, which take in both the 7e and 16e. Both are home to very well-heeled Parisians and some outstanding museums. The area attracts pickpockets and scammers, as seen on the map.
Champs Elysées & Etoile
A dozen avenues radiate out from place de l’Étoile (officially called place Charles de Gaulle). First among them is av des Champs-Élysées. This broad, tree-shaded boulevard, the name of which refers to the ‘Elysian Fields’ (‘heaven’ in Greek mythology) links place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe and is lined with luxury shops. There have been numerous reports of pickpocketting on the Champs-Elysées, and the area attracts dangerous crowds during the night.
Louvre & Les Halles
Louis VI created halles (markets) for merchants who converged on the city centre to sell their wares, and for over 800 years they were, in the words of Émile Zola, the ‘belly of Paris’. Although the wholesalers moved out to the suburb of Rungis in 1971 (and were replaced by the soulless subterranean shopping mall Forum des Halles, currently undergoing a major makeover), the markets’ spirit lives on here. To the southwest is France’s first national museum, the incomparable Louvre. Pickpockets target people around the Louvre, and some gang fights happen at Les Halles.
Famous for its nightlife (the Moulin Rouge is nearby in Pigalle) and for being a gathering point of writers and artists, the area of Montmartre is nowadays very lively. When it is crowded, pickpockets and scam-artists roam the area. The nearby zone of “La Goutte d’Or” can be very dangerous at night and is best avoided.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: MEDIUM
Paris is an overall safe city. With a rating of 63.4%, it is ranked 58th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Paris. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: LOW
Paris is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, 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 and around major landmarks in Paris. 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
There might be some risk while taking public transport in Paris.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There are no natural hazards in Paris and in France overall, other than a few avalanche risks in the Alps.
TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
There is a high terrorist threat going on in the country; it is best to avoid very crowded areas and public demonstrations.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Paris is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
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