Naked punter chases prostitute in Toulouse

A man in the southern French city of Toulouse was quite literally caught with his pants down on Wednesday when he was arrested stark naked at the city’s main station while chasing a prostitute who had apparently robbed him.

Naked punter chases prostitute in Toulouse
A man was seen running stark naked through Toulouse after apparently having been robbed by a prostitute. Photo: AFP

Passengers at Toulouse-Matabiau, the city's main station, were treated to a bizarre spectacle at around 6am on Wednesday morning when a 36-year-old man was seen running through the building unclothed.

At first railway police suspected a crime of a sexual nature when they saw the unclad man jump on a woman running along the station, before the man explained that he had in fact been robbed.

(Toulouse trains station, where the naked chase took place. Photo: Marius Toudoire/Wikicommons

“The woman who you are letting go is a prostitute who took my bag, my papers!” the man told police, according to local paper Charente Libre.

The man explained that he had come from a nearby hotel where a prostitute had made off with his bag, which contained his ID papers and more €500.

The 33-year-old prostitute, who is from Madagascar, was found to be in possession of the stolen bag and was taken into police custody.

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Paris police warn tourists about ‘petition’ scam

Paris police have issued a warning to tourists to beware of scams targeting visitors that involve false petitions and donation drives.

Paris police warn tourists about 'petition' scam

The police préfecture in Paris has released an announcement warning tourists about a scam that might be used to target them especially. 

The scam involves young boys and girls asking people to sign their petitions and requesting that they give a donation. In reality, many people – especially tourists or those unfamiliar with the local area – find themselves giving their money away to a false organisation.

In other cases, the petition acts as a distraction while pickpockets target the visitors.

Frequently, these scams involve the young people feigning deafness or the inability to speak, and pretending to collect funds on behalf of NGO for the hard of hearing. 

The scam is just one of a number that criminals use to prey on tourists, and visitors return to Paris after a two-year break, police are warning people to be vigilant – especially in tourist hotspots such as Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower area or in transport interchanges such as Gare du Nord.

READ MORE: Warning: 6 of the most common scams in France to watch out for

For more advice on how to stay safe in Paris as a tourist, you can read the police “Guide for Staying Safe in Paris