Monday, April 15, 2013

Hundreds of armed police guard Paris tourist attractions after influx of criminal gangs from eastern Europe

Hundreds of armed police have been placed around Paris' major tourist monuments because of an influx of criminal gangs from eastern Europe.

It follows a huge increase in the number of aggressive beggars and pickpockets flooding into the French capital from Romania and Bulgaria – countries whose citizens will soon have unrestricted access to the UK.

The Louvre alone now has 20 permanent uniformed officers patrolling its galleries, with five of them placed at the entrance.