An additional 5,000 French police have been patrolling streets of Paris this summer in an attempt to safeguard tourists from scam artists and pickpockets.
This French capital is on course for one of the largest influxes of visitors in recent years in the peak season to late September as reported by a leading news media agency.
But then the city authorities admit that keeping all tourists safe from being robbed or sold fake items can be challenging.
And at present they have deployed extra officers at seven different sites across Paris in an aim to crackdown forcefully on crime. Different places with the additional police presence would include the Louvre, Monmarte, the Champs-Elysees, the region around Trocadero and the Eiffel tower, Opéra, Châtelet and the Latin Quarter.
Paris police chief Michel Delpuech mentioned that he had visited police on duty around the Louvre museum and that they are doing everything within their capabilities to make sure that the city is perfectly safe without transforming it into a bunker.
While Frédéric Dupuch, a senior Paris security official, told a reputable regional newspaper that ninety per cent of thefts that tourists suffer are from bag snatchers or street sellers, card sharks or people with fake petitions.
Paris is one of the world’s most popular cities for tourists and attracted 18 million visitors last year.
Earlier this month, French prosecutors revealed a Bosnian gang including an embassy official made almost $5.8 million sending migrant children on to the streets of major French cities including Paris to steal.
They released details of the scam after charging eight alleged ringleaders with a range of crimes including human trafficking, forging documents, money laundering, bribery and theft.
The defendants were able to transport the children to France effortlessly, even though none of them had passports.