Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 17:19
Chinese police likely to patrol Paris this summer
By Xinhua

 Chinese police likely to patrol Paris this summer
Chinese tourists visit the Trocadero which affords a good view of the Eiffel tower on March 27, 2013 in Paris. (Photo / AFP)

PARIS - Chinese policemen were expected to help patrol tourist destinations in Paris this summer amid a rise in attacks and robberies targeting Chinese visitors, French sources said Tuesday.

The French police will invite 10 Chinese policemen to do the rounds with them in order to serve Chinese tourists better, local media has quoted French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as saying.

Also, the selected Chinese policemen would serve as interpreters should the need of compatriots communicating with local police arise, Cazeneuve said.

Specific arrangements are still being negotiated and will be revealed to the public soon, an official with the Police Liaison Section of the Chinese Embassy in France said.

The proposal was put forward by the French side, the unnamed official said.

Last year, about 1.5 million Chinese visited France, spending 571 million euros (US$794 million).

The number of Chinese tourists is expected to leap by 40 percent this year after France eased its visa application process. However, the increase in Chinese tourists has brought an accompanying rise in reports of robberies and attacks against them.

Last March, a group of 23 Chinese visitors were robbed in a restaurant shortly after they arrived at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris.

On June 14 last year, six Chinese oenology students were attacked by three drunken local men at their home in Hostens, south of France's western Gironde Province.

In addition, petty crimes against Chinese jumped 22 percent in Paris in 2013. Chinese visitors are thought to be targeted because of their preference for carrying cash over credit cards.

Paris, the most visited city in the world, has been suffering from increasing cases of pick-pocketing. A group of luxury retailers, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes, fear the situation will drive their buyers to London or Milan instead.

The presence of foreign police is not uncommon in Paris streets. Uniformed Romanian police officers have patrolled Paris to help fight a growing tide of criminality among immigrant Romanians.