My son is in Paris this week, and he's been sending back quite a few horror stories about the roaming thieves around the city. Nearly half of his group of 30 have either had their pockets picked or had some other article stolen. He's witnessed two armed robberies on public trains, been harrassed by the gypsies who will shove a ring or bracelet on your arm and then hound you, or threaten you to pay for it, and has had to "slap away" at least three attempts on his pockets. One woman had her camera ripped from around her neck in the Louvre! Just a warning, if you're going to Paris, be aware of the rampant pickpockets and thieves, especially at the tourist attractions. Watch your gear.