parigot

parigot

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    Is it true what they say that there are a large number of thieves in the streets of paris?

    Paris is a very safe city in general but since summer 2011 there has been a wave of thefts and pickpocketing. It's not politically correct to say so but everyone knows that this is the result of a large number of Roma/gypsy families who arrived in France from Romania then and put their children to work stealing, most from tourists who aren't aware of their reputation. There are so many of them that the Romanian government sent a bunch of policemen from Bucharest to help the French police. In France, children cannot normally be put in jail or even kept out of mischief for any length of time, and most of these pickpockets, if stopped by the police, are back out on the streets within hours. The parents or minders stay well out of sight and are not caught. The children usually have quotas, a certain amount of cash or phones they have to steal per day. So be very very careful if you see them. They almost always work in groups of two to eight. The girls are easier to spot-- often young teenagers in colorful long skirts and headscarves. But there are plenty of boys too. They will come up to you miming that they want to eat or that they are deaf-mutes (they're not) or tell you they have found a ring of yours or ask you to sign a petition. They will even just grab a phone out of your hand or off your table while you're sitting there, or pull a suitcase or purse from between your legs. A classic is to grab your bag and jump off the bus or train just as the doors close. (If that happens, yell and point!) Sometimes they put something in your hand and ask you to pay for it. Sometimes they just make their way down a crowded subway platform or tunnel or museum hall-- here you can spot pickpockets because their hands are down low or under coats or newspapers. Children under 18 get into most museums for free so you're not safe in the Louvre either; don't let down your guard in a museum or big store. There are many different ways they distract you so that the important business of robbing you can take place while you're paying attention to something else. Aside from these pickpockets, whom you will quickly learn to recognize, Paris is a very safe city. almost 7 years ago

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    I am 20. Which area from Paris has some nice bars to go at night ? I am not a great fan of clubs .

    The triangle of the area around Bastille-République-Pompidou Center is full of great bars and cafes for young people, a well as lots of boutiques and galleries. almost 7 years ago

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    Suggestions for Hotels for large families to stay in London?

    Why don't you rent an apartment instead? It's probably cheaper if you're there for any length of time. almost 7 years ago