Foreign travelers in Paris often encounter petty crimes such as pickpocketing, theft, and bag-snatching. High-traffic tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs-Elysées, Saint-Michel, the Bastille, and the Centre Pompidou are particularly vulnerable. Organized gangs, including children, frequently target tourists at the Louvre. Public transportation hubs also experience frequent thefts. To minimize risk, avoid carrying large amounts of cash, keep credit cards in concealed pockets, avoid displaying wealth, and stay alert.

Violent crimes, though rarer, do occur. Reports include armed robberies and assaults at major attractions like the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, Palais Royal, Les Halles, the Latin Quarter, and Gare du Nord, as well as on RER train lines to the suburbs late at night. The 19th arrondissement and certain suburbs like Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, and Pigalle have higher crime rates. Avoid traveling alone in these areas after dark and remain vigilant.

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