Tourists have long been targeted by pickpockets and bag and phone snatchers in Paris and several diplomats, including some from the US, have found out they too do not have immunity from the pest that is petty crime. On Sunday the Bahrain ambassador to France Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar had his wallet pinched on the Paris Metro, according to a report in Le Point magazine. Thieves targeted him at Franklin Roosevelt Metro station on Line 1, which has a reputation for pickpockets and petty thieves, especially on the section that runs through the wealthy western area of the city. The modus operandi used by the thieves was all too familiar. One distracted him by making him think he had dropped something on the floor. As he bent over to pick it up, another snatched his wallet from inside his pocket before running off the Metro onto the station platform. The ambassador reportedly tried to hold on to one of the thieves but the thief pushed him back and was able to get away. The … [Read more...] about Petty crime in Paris: American and Bahraini diplomats targeted by thieves
Who are these so-called 'black bloc' protesters and how can French authorities and police stop them from causing mayhem? What happened on May 1st in Paris? Hundreds of protesters in black jackets and face masks had tried to hold up the Paris march and then ran amok along the route, looting and setting fire to a McDonald's restaurant, torching a car, a mechanical digger and a scooter. Other shops were also destroyed along the route. It was not the first time demos in Paris have been hijacked by a group of youths seemingly intent on violence. The anti-labour reform protests of 2016 and several union protesters in 2018 have all seen scenes of similar violence. But Tuesday's May Day riot was on a different level. The French police, who had been worried about the possibility of protesters joining the march to disturb the public order, used tear gas and water cannons to try disperse them. "We'd had … [Read more...] about Who were the black-clad rioters in Paris and how can France stop them?
MASKED anarchists have smashed windows and looted a McDonald's as thousands brought carnage to Paris in May Day protests. The far-Left agitators chucked petrol bombs through windows and torched cars while others clashed with police. Some threw rocks at cops in the French capital, who responded with tear gas, as the protest marches to mark International Workers' Day turned violent. Dramatic pictures show demonstrators wearing masks as they shatter windows at McDonald's before setting it on fire. "Anti-Capitalist" looters then helped themselves to food and drinks before grabbing cash from broken tills on the charred floor. Blazing cars can also be seen after thousands flooded the streets to march for the rights of workers around the world. Hooded protesters also stripped of fireworks during the chaos in Paris today as plumes of thick black smoke billowed across the city. Elsewhere, Londoners marched through Trafalgar Square holding up pictures of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. … [Read more...] about Paris May Day riots see far-left anarchists smash windows and loot a McDonalds as thousands of mask-wearing protesters bring chaos to the French capital
Updated 4:10 am, Monday, April 30, 2018 Photo: Michel Euler, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this file photo dated Friday Nov.4, 2016, the Eiffel Tower lit up in green to mark the success of the Paris Agreement to slash man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases to counter climate change, in Paris. Inscription reads, "it's done". Diplomats and environmentalists are gathering in Bonn, Germany, for two-weeks of talks to keep working on the rules governing the Paris climate accord. less FILE - In this file photo dated Friday Nov.4, 2016, the Eiffel Tower lit up in green to mark the success of the Paris Agreement to slash man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases to ... more Photo: Michel Euler, AP Climate experts in Bonn seek to make Paris climate deal work … [Read more...] about Climate experts in Bonn seek to make Paris climate deal work
Navigating the Paris metro has become a gruelling task for many commuters in the capital, with pickpocketing and sexual harassment becoming an almost routine threat for some. Then there’s the issue of Junkie Land: mass drug consumption, dealing and ensuing violence at a handful of stations on Lines 12 and 4, an escalating problem that’s led Metro drivers to simply not stop at the worst spots in the northeast of the city for their own and their passengers' safety. "Everyday at Marx Dormoy (on Line 12), among others, there are up to seven or eight drug addicts using illicit substances, either crack or heroin, in plain view of employees and travellers. It's intolerable," Eric Chaplain, a Paris Metro driver told LCI back in January. City authorities reacted to the crisis at the start of 2018 by tasking a special narcotics unit with stamping out Paris’s subway drug craze. Over the past three months, thirty members of the police squadron have made 114 arrests on … [Read more...] about Paris Metro police transform ‘crack-smoking dens’ back into stations