Chinese police to patrol in Paris to help tourists

Chinese police to patrol in Paris to help tourists
Tourists enjoy the sunny weather in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris.

Chinese police officers are expected to assist their counterparts in France on patrols following recent attacks targeting Chinese tourists in Paris, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

"We are in discussions with the French Interior Ministry and will release more details about the arrangement later," said a senior officer from the ministry's international cooperation bureau, who did not want to be named.

It would be the first time that Chinese police have appeared on streets abroad to help local officers combat crimes targeting Chinese tourists, he said.

The unprecedented deployment, mostly in Paris, would include eight to 10 Chinese officers who are proficient in French. They will conduct joint patrols with their French counterparts and help to communicate with Chinese tourists who need assistance, he said.

Teams of two or three Chinese and French officers will also be used to step up patrols at tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine, the officer said.

"Once we receive reports or complaints about Chinese tourists being harmed, including theft and robbery, we will rush to the scene and assist French police in dealing with them. That includes helping with communication such as translation," he said.

Details on the length of deployment and what the Chinese officers will wear have still to be finalized, but they will not be armed and will have no law enforcement powers in France, the officer added.

The French Interior Ministry declined to comment on the deployment of Chinese officers when contacted by China Daily on Wednesday.

But according to an earlier report by The European Times, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the media, "In order to welcome lots of Chinese tourists, apart from enhancing patrols at scenic spots and on public transportation, French police will conduct joint patrols with their Chinese partners starting this summer.

"The main duties for Chinese police include being on duty at tourist attractions in Paris, providing interpretation services for Chinese tourists, or helping them to communicate with Paris police," Cazeneuve was reported as saying.

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