Archive for the 'Crime Blotter' Category


Avoiding Paris Tourist Scams

Like any large city, Paris has its fair share of scammers, pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Visitors don’t need to be paranoid, but being aware of the most common tactics used by thieves will help you be prepared in case they decide to target you. Safety Scouts Advice is a series of animated videos created by former […]

Multi-Platform Terror

The website for a university in Paris has been hacked by Islamic militants. Here’s what a student friend of mine found when she went to her school’s website today.

The 9/11 Moment for Paris?

Today’s massacre in the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine is the most shocking Paris terrorist attack since 1982’s bombing of Goldenberg restaurant in the Marais. It marks a bloody beginning to a new year following a worrying series of attacks in 2014 on Jews and synagogues. Now it’s the free press under attack, too. We’re following […]

Eh ben…

It’s Friday. This is all I got. Passez un bon ouiquend.

The A**Hole and His Sh***y Beard

With apologies for all the cuss words…I love this attack on the Hipster.

How the Tell-All Got Told

Mega-bestseller. A first print run of 200,000 copies released September 4 and already out of stock in many stores and being reprinted. Valérie Trierweiler’s kiss and tell off Merci pour le Moment is a publishing success. Lying, cheating politicos beware: French women don’t keep quiet. The myth that French women don’t mind if their husbands […]

The Plight of Peddlers

On my way home from the Eurostar in a taxi recently, we hit an unexplained traffic jam at a strange time of day. When we finally drove by, we saw that the problem had been caused by a police raid on a flower peddler near the Gare Saint-Lazare. The poor peddler must have spent a […]

Tragic End of a Street Artist

Four years ago, a giant gorilla appeared on a wall opposite my kitchen window. It stayed there for at least a year before slowly disappearing behind the rising walls of a new construction. It’s still there now, perhaps one day to be uncovered by future urban archeologists. I grew quite attached to that gorilla. But […]

Grave Trawlers

Planning on visiting Père Lachaise Cemetery? Looking for Jim? Need a guide? Whether you do or not, they’ll find you. Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of characters hanging out in the cemetery waiting to pester unsuspecting tourists — or just anyone who looks like they’re lost, which […]

Morning Mayhem

Now that the days are getting super long, it seems easier for an evening of aperitifs to turn into a night of drinking. You would do well to keep that in check, especially now. Small gangs are preying upon revelers taking that early-morning metro home after a night of boozing.

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