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Police patrolling Paris attractions

Police patrolling Paris attractions
15 Apr 2013

Uniformed police officers have been deployed at some of Paris' top attractions after an increase in pickpocketing forced staff at the Louvre to go on strike.

As well as patrolling the famous gallery, police have been deployed to guard tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur and Pompidou Centre, the Daily Mail reports.

Commenting on the police deployment, deputy director Herve Barbaret said: 'The presence of uniformed police officers has a significant deterrent effect. We hope they will stay as long as possible, for several months, until the situation returns to normal.'

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advice on avoiding becoming a victim of theft for those visiting France, including keeping your belongings close to you, storing valuables in inside compartments of bags and being careful not to be distracted at tourist attractions.

According to the Daily Mail, the thieves often sidetrack their victims with the question 'Do you speak English?', allowing their accomplices to strike. ADNFCR-408-ID-801571201-ADNFCR

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