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Paris tourist taken for a €400 ride by fake cabbie

Let this be a lesson for all tourists arriving at airports in Paris. A visitor, who was picked up at Charles de Gaulle airport by a fake cabbie had to endure a 200km/h high-speed chase with police, before being stung for a €400 fare.

Paris tourist taken for a €400 ride by fake cabbie
The cab driver forced the hapless passenger to pay him €400 for the journey. File photo: Jean Pierre Gallot

This story will do no good for the already poor reputation of taxi drivers in Paris.

Tourists visiting France’s capital are often wary of being ripped off by cab drivers. What they are perhaps less prepared for are unlicensed cabs charging them hundreds of euros as they attempt to evade police.

This was what happened to an unfortunate Indian tourist last week who picked up a taxi shortly after landing at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in the evening.

Anyone arriving in Paris will have seen taxi drivers touting for business by the arrival gates.

In this case the 29-year-old female tourist accepted a ride from one of them, not knowing he had no driving license let alone permit to drive a cab.

Soon after the woman got into the taxi the vehicle was approached by police, French daily Direct Matin reported on Monday. In an attempt to evade police the driver then sped off towards the A1 motorway at around 200 km/h, prompting a high-speed car chase.

At one point during the chase the driver attempted to drop the passenger off on the hard shoulder but was unable to do so as the police were catching up with him, according to the paper.

The driver, 46, eventually managed to drop the passenger off at Survillier (Val d’Oise), around ten kilometres into the journey.

But before he let his victim go he reportedly forced her to pay him €400 – the entire contents of her wallet.

The horrified tourist then reported the incident at a nearby police station.

The suspect has since been identified thanks to CCTV footage at the airport. He was then charged with illegally working as a taxi driver, driving without a licence, abducting a passenger and refusing to comply with police.

He is due to appear in court in Pontoise.  

Last week The Local reported how a driver for the car service Uber was fired for refusing to give a lift to two gay men after telling them homosexuals weren't allowed in his vehicle.

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French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

French Border police at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris shot - and killed - man who was wielding a knife in the public area of the airport on Wednesday.

French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

Border police reportedly shot a man with aggressive behaviour who brandished a knife in the public area of the Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris, on Wednesday morning, police and airport sources told AFP.

“This morning officers neutralised a threatening individual in possession of a knife at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport,” the Paris police department said on its Twitter account.

A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the man – who was likely homeless – went towards the officers, despite being asked several times to put the knife down. In response, police shot the man in the abdomen, and the individual later died.

The incident took place in the busy, public area of terminal 2F around 8:20 am, when “a homeless man started bothering security agents and border police were called in to remove him”.

Initially the man left while yelling curses but he soon returned and brought out a knife, when one of the officers fired his weapon.

An AFP photographer who witnessed the scene said “a large person of colour brandished something that looked like a knife at the police”.

“He was ordered to stop but kept advancing toward them, and an officer fired a single shot.”

The man was quickly put on a stretcher and evacuated, the photographer said. 

Security forces have been on high alert for terrorist attacks since a wave of jihadist killings that have killed more than 250 people since 2015, often by so-called “lone wolves” who often target police.

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