Violent robberies targeting tourists down 8%

November 14, 2014 11:38 am 

PARIS, Nov. 13 — Robberies with violence targeting tourists went down by 8 percent over the nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2013 due to France's efforts to boost security in Paris' main tourist sites, data released by Paris Police showed on Wednesday.

The report showed a decrease of 25 percent of robberies against Chinese tourists who have been the target of muggers in the French capital because of the belief they are more likely to carry cash than other holidaymakers.

Thirty million tourists visit Paris every year, of which some 1.4 million are Chinese, making France the world's top tourist destination.

According to official data, china is France's second biggest tourist market after the United States. Each Chinese visitor spends an average of 1,500 euros per visit.

Paris police said in a statement that they have reinforced an action plan by increasing patrols, improving prevention measures and boosting communication tools, to ensure the safety of tourists and enable them to stay in the best possible conditions. (PNA/Xinhua)

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