Date
23 November 2017
Chinese nationals have been warned to avoid the RER B subway line to go to the airport and instead take a shuttle bus or taxi. Photo: Internet
Chinese nationals have been warned to avoid the RER B subway line to go to the airport and instead take a shuttle bus or taxi. Photo: Internet

Paris metro muggings prompt warning from Chinese embassy

China is warning its nationals in France to stay alert after a wave of robberies on the Paris metro.

One of the victims had her handbag stolen on the subway line to Charles de Gaulle Airport on Feb. 19, causing her to miss her flight.

On March 6, a Chinese student was robbed of an undetermined amount of valuables.   

And on Tuesday, two theft cases were reported involving a mainlander and a Hong Kong tourist

The incidents prompted the Chinese embassy in Paris to issue a warning, it said on its website Thursday. 

It warned nationals against using the RER B subway line to go to the airport and instead take a shuttle bus or taxi.

The culprits target their victims by causing a distraction such as dropping coins on the ground or spilling a drink on them.

Others wait for the train doors to close with just enough time to snatch valuables from their targets.

The embassy said it has been releasing alerts to Chinese travelers to avoid carrying too much cash or wearing expensive accessories.

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