MEAN­WHILE IN FRANCE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Things are a jit­tery in the gor­geous City of Lights. An ad­di­tional 5,000 French po­lice have been pa­trolling the streets of Paris this sum­mer in an at­tempt to safe­guard tourists from scam artists and pick­pock­ets, re­ports Travel and Tour World, a New York City-based in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion — which also notes that Paris is ex­pect­ing a record­break­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors in the next few weeks. Ex­tra of­fi­cers have been de­ployed at seven famed lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Champs d’El­y­see, the Eif­fel Tower and the Latin Quar­ter.

The pub­li­ca­tion said that Paris po­lice chief Michel Delpuech had vis­ited po­lice on duty and re­ports they are do­ing ev­ery­thing within their power “to make sure that the city is per­fectly safe with­out trans­form­ing it into a bunker.”

It’s a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion. France it­self at­tracted 89 million vis­i­tors in 2017, Paris drew 30 million.

“Ear­lier this month, French prose­cu­tors re­vealed a Bos­nian gang in­clud­ing an em­bassy of­fi­cial made al­most $5.8 million send­ing migrant chil­dren on to the streets of ma­jor French cities in­clud­ing Paris to steal,” the travel pub­li­ca­tion said.

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