Warnings & Dangers
Paris is an overall safe city. It is ranked 58th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
As a top tourist destination, pickpocketing is the major risk for tourists in France. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: HIGH
France is a safe country regarding risks of mugging and kidnapping, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: HIGH
There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities such as Paris or Marseilles and around major landmarks. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
They often are pickpockets in the Parisian subway, and taxis are for the most part the safest transportation method.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There is very little risk regarding natural disasters in France, other than avalanches which can be a significant threat when skiing in the Alps.
TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
Recent terrorist attacks and threats have occurred in France (and other countries such as Denmark or Belgium), and France is still a target.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
France is generally very safe for women travelers.