Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians
Parisians get a bad name for their supposed unfriendly treatment towards tourists, but what if us visitors are partly to blame for the famed surly welcome from the locals? We've asked readers - whether tourists, expats or Parisians alike - to list some of the things the 30 million tourists who come to Paris each year do that can rub some of the locals up the wrong way. Here are the top 12 complaints they came up with.
Stop getting robbed: Visitors need to realize, according to one reader, that they are giving the city a bad name by getting pickpocketed all the time. Victims of petty crime in the capital will be aghast at the suggestion they did anything wrong, especially given the number of scams they can fall victim to, but it is true visitors could take more care, especially on the Metro. Wear backpacks on your front, don’t keep wallets in trouser pockets and keep an eye out.
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