During a Paris City Hall-Police Prefecture press conference held yesterday at the emblematic Louvre Museum, the Police Prefect announced his decision to renew the security plan developed for Paris’ tourist zones. We are delighted by this announcement in the lead up to the busy summer season said Paris Deputy Mayors Myriam El Khomri and Jean-François Martins.

Since the launch of the 2013 action plan, real progress has been made in enhancing the security of tourists and employees of the tourism sector in Paris, the world’s premier tourist destination they said.

Particular attention has been paid to popular spots around the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur. In terms of prosecutions, encouraging results have been obtained in relation to shell-game practitioners around Montmartre and these efforts must be intensified.

With the support of Paris City Hall, 151,000 copies of the ‘Guide to staying safe in Paris’ [1] have been distributed since the launch of the plan. Versions in Chinese and Arabic are also available to tourists and professionals from the sector.

In addition to extending the action plan to new tourist sites (boulevard Saint-Germain, the lower Latin Quarter and Place du Châtelet), the 2014 plan features new measures to enhance security for tourists, including:

Louvre (PD)• the forthcoming creation of a specialized 25-man field patrol for the Champs-Elysées and a commitment to boosting security in and around the Champs-Elysées’ popular nightspots.

• in partnership with the state prosecutor (Procureur de la République), the pursuit and dismantling of criminal networks operating in Paris with the support of reinforced European-wide cooperation

• increased vigilance in and around Gare du Nord with the recent creation by the state prosecutor of a 25-man specialized patrol and the creation of a local unit dedicated to tackling antisocial behavior (Groupe Local de Traitement de la Délinquance) which will see concerted action by the Paris public prosecutor, the Préfecture de Police (Police Commission), Paris City Hall and the Town Hall of Paris’ 10th arrondissement.

• the coordination of patrols organized by the Préfecture de Police and Paris City Hall’s Prevention and Protection Department in parks and gardens popular with tourists

With Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, the Deputy Mayors commended the effective partnership undertaken between the City of Paris and the Préfecture de Police, the Public Prosecutors department and all the actors from the tourism sector which has led to reinforced cooperation and which will be formalized in the forthcoming Parisian security convention.

As always, the City of Paris is committed to pursuing its efforts to improve the welcome extended to its visitors, said Myriam El Khomri, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of security, prevention and integration policy and Jean-François Martins, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of sport and tourism.

[1] www.prefecturedepolice.interieur.gouv.fr/En-images/Publications/PREVENTION-ET-SECURITE/Touristes-Paris-en-toute-securite

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