British tourist scammed and attacked by stripper in Paris

A British tourist on the hunt for a raunchy night out in the French capital got more than he bargained for after coming face to face with the wrong stripper. *French language learner article.*

British tourist scammed and attacked by stripper in Paris
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*This is a French language learner article. The words in bold are translated into French at the bottom of the article.

The British tourist had been attracted by the look of a strip joint called 'All In' in Pigalle — once the French capital’s official red-light district — before the evening took a turn for the worse.  

The man coughed up the €50 fee for a lap dance before he’d even stepped foot inside the seedy joint and once he was inside, nothing went as promised.

No lap dance, no friendly faces and a scam with a bill that had shot up to €250.

The pleasure-seeking guest then refused to pay up any more and stepped out, only to be chased by one of the strippers, who first slapped him and then bashed him over the head with an iron bar.

As if things couldn’t get any worse for the man, the bouncer then got involved and pushed him to the ground, followed by 'All In’s' ‘madame’ boss, who pulled out a revolver and robbed him at gunpoint, fortunately without firing.

Bleeding from his head, the British man managed to make it to the closest police station to file a complaint.

According to Le Parisien, the stripper and her boss and accomplice have been remanded in custody and now face extortion charges.

French vocab to learn

un quartier chaud: red-light district

stripteaur/stripteause: Stripper

une danse suggestive: lap dance 

une arnaque: scam (arnaquer quelqu’un: scam/rip someone off)

un videur: bouncer 

braquer quelqu’un: rob someone at gunpoint

placer quelqu'un en garde à vue: to remand somebody in custody 

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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