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Safety in Paris – Do/ Don’t and Where to stay?

Safety in Paris – Do/ Don’t and Where to stay?

This article is to give you an overview on safety in Paris with also a few tips on how to avoid pickpockets or the best places to stay in Paris. It is based on researches done by L’observatoire national de la délinquance  for example and on our own experience at Feel Parisien. For us Paris is safe, as we never had one single problem. But we know tourists don’t see the city with our eyes and are often robbed.

SafeAround  state that Paris is a very safe city with a safety index of 68% “Although the police force is highly effective in making Paris a safe place, tourists may nevertheless be a target for pickpockets and crooks on the city’s streets.” You can wander in almost every district with a very low risk of mugging if you take precautions as explained below in this article. However, some areas are safer than others.

Let’s take a look at a few neighbourhood in Particular, where is it safe to stay in Paris?

The center of Paris and mains area including the touristy one’s (Le Marais, the Latin quarter, the Louvre area….) are very safe, as it’s a vibrant area either at day or night.

Les Halles is a huge meeting place with metro and RER connecting from a lot of places. Therefore, it can be a bit crowded during the day and might be a place for pickpockets to take advantage of tourists. It can be a bit scary at night as it’s a spot for drug dealers to exchange but it’s getting better and more surveillance by police. Beware of large teenager’s groups during the weekends; they are often gangs from the suburbs who come to Paris looking for trouble.

Montmartre is a safe neighbourhood. Down the hill it’s Pigalle which is the equivalent of the Red-Light district, but as it is very touristy during day and night you should not have any problems. Don’t stay too long on the boulevard because the downside of being very touristy and lively is that there can be large groups of people drunks and some deal of drugs as well… (be especially cautious if you are a female).

The North of Paris is controverted. It’s not safe in every street and you should be careful Around both Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, you should always keep an eye on your wallet. If you want to explore La Goutte d’Or, which is a quite poor district, you should go there only during the daytime. For example, you would find some cheaper apartments around Chateau Rouge, the main boulevard is safe but I would not rent apartments in Rue doudeauville and la goutte d’or as a Woman.

Belleville and Menilmontant, both African and North-African areas, have become safer places these last 5 years. They are popular among young “bourgeois-bohèmes” (also know as “bobos”) who have settled here to escape the high rents of other funky areas like Bastille.

Bastille is so vibrant with its many cafés and bars that you may encounter drunk people at night with extravagant behaviour but nothing especially dangerous.

The Champs-Elysées is very lively and not too risky, at least during the day. You should still be careful on this large avenue, especially at night because it’s so crowded that it is the perfect place for pickpockets.  Also, because most of the Parisian night clubs are in this area, you can might encounter drunk people or gangs of young people who just want to cause trouble.  You can have a safe walk on the Champs Elysées but not after midnight.

The western part of the city (17th, 8th and 16th arrondissements) is quite wealthy, it’s mostly residential, there are not a lot of restaurants, bars or animation and that’s why it can get pretty empty when the night comes and become a bit scary but it’s mostly a very safe neighborood.

On the other side of the Seine, the 13th district, Montparnasse, the 6th, 7th and other districts  from the south of Paris are all secured areas to visit.

What neighbourhood to avoid in Paris at night?  What about night time Safety?

Some district and metro stop are less welcoming by night and you should be more carefull when travelling alone after dark from 10:30pm : Chatelet les Halles, Les Halles, Pigalle, Couronnes, Belleville, Place des Fetes, Porte de St Ouen, Porte de Clichy, Gare du Nord, Stalingrad, Jaures, Porte de la Chapelle, Porte de Clignancourt, Porte de la Villette, Aubervilliers-Quatre Chemins. These stations are not dangerous or no go-zone but you would want to take extra care by not travelling alone as a woman for example in the night time.

How to traduce birth certificate in French?

Getting to France

France is a global country well known for its excellence in arts and sciences. France has many academic institutions that are recognized worldwide, and these institutions admit both local and international students. However, the international students are advised to have their certificates intact so as to prevent them from being disturbed at school.

Certificates are taken with all kind of seriousness and it is important to have certificates that are free from errors. One of the most important certificates in the world is Birth Certificate, it should contain the name if the owner, the place of birth, country of birth, parents name and also the date of birth of the owner. Since a lot of international students are admitted into France, it is important to have your certificates well translated into French language and free from all kind of errors.

Tradition of Birth Certificate can be defined as the translation of the birth certificate from any language into the French language by a Certified Translator. It is important that the translator are experts and not newbies and that they offer the best services at very affordable prices. A lot of translators in France provides Birth Certificates that are acceptable by USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), state governments, local governments and federal governments.

Traduction of a Birth Certificate is not done to replace the birth certificate, so it is of vital importance that none of the data provided on the original birth certificate is altered or modified. It is important that the format of the original birth certificate is duly followed. This include; the order of data, the date of issuance, placement of signature, placement of stamps etc. The traduction of a certificate has to be done by experts and with logic so as to prevent the rejection of the Birth Certificate. The traduced copy should be done in a somewhat identical way to the original copy (following the arrangements and use of words of the original certificate) because a birth certificate is particular to just a place and not multiple places.

Why translate your certificate?

It is important that the translated birth certificate is accepted by some certain organizations.  The translated certificate format should bear the name of the Translator, signature, address and date of certification. The Translator should certify that he is fluent in the Languages involved and that the certificate was accurately translated. There are many online translator services that offer great traduction services. One can send the original birth certificate through document format, PDF format or image format. The Translator has to be approved by the Cour d’Appel (Court of Appeal) in France.

Feel Parisien recommend to traduce your birth certificate with https://www.annuaire-traducteur-assermente.fr/fr/1/accueil-traduction-assermentee.html

What is Feel Parisien?

Feel Parisien offers a number of services to international students in France. They help students who are new to France know their way around their school and around France, they also help students get accommodation. They offer help pertaining to students Visa and can so be available to welcome one into France.

Translating Birth Certificate from a very reliable translator and translators with great expertise will save one a lot of trouble when settling down.