Date
21 September 2017
Many Chinese tourists have fallen prey to muggers and pickpockets in Paris. Photo: Bloomberg
Many Chinese tourists have fallen prey to muggers and pickpockets in Paris. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese police to help patrol Paris streets to protect tourists

Chinese police will join their French counterparts in patrolling key tourist sites in Paris this summer to protect Chinese tourists, the New York Times reported.

However, French authorities have yet to decide the number of Chinese police to be deployed in the tourist sites, the report said.

More than a million Chinese visit Paris every year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations for Chinese holiday-makers. And the numbers usually swell during the summer months.

Chinese tourists have been primary targets of muggers and pickpockets as they usually carry large amounts of cash. A group of 23 Chinese visitors were robbed of cash and passports last year only a few hours after arriving at the airport, an incident that raised alarm in Beijing.

Chinese visitors are estimated to spend an average of 1,470 euros (US$2,030) each on shopping, mainly buying designer brands and luxury goods, the Telegraph reported, citing data from Global Blue, a Swiss-based duty-free services company.

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