Eiffel Tower Shut in Protest at Pickpocket Explosion

Henry Samuel, Telegraph, May 22, 2015

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was closed on Friday after staff went on strike to protest against marauding pickpockets who they say fleece tourists “daily” and threaten staff.

“The Eiffel Tower is momentarily closed,” read the sign by one of the world’s most visited monuments, as staff said they could no longer cope with therising number of pickpockets operating on the city’s famed “iron lady”, following “several attacks and threats”.

Representatives from among 40 staff refusing to work said they were powerless to prevent gangs of “between four to five” pickpockets, and “sometimes 30 on the monument” at any one time.

“There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now facing an organised network,” said a union representative.

Staff called on management to provide “formal guarantees so that lasting, efficient measures are taken to end this scourge that numerous tourists fall foul of every day”.

They said that high-spending Asian tourists were the most commonly targeted.

Management, protesting staff complained, only went as far as “informing visitors” about the risks but “lacks determination” in tackling the problem, which has become “troublesome for an internationally renowned monument”.

They suggested planting plain-clothed inspectors around the attraction to “catch pickpockets in the act”.

Management said it was already engaged in “active cooperation” with police to stamp out the problem.

It said it was “sorry that visitors already present are being penalised” by the closure.

By late afternoon, the tower was reopened, but staff said this was “only temporary” and more strike action may follow in the coming days.

Paris will deploy 26,000 police officers this summer in a dozen top tourist sites around the French capital to fight against tourist theft.

In 2013, staff at the Louvre museum refused to work for the same reason, prompting police to beef up patrols–a move that helped lower the number of thefts.

Inaugurated in 1889, the Eiffel Tower, which stands at 324 metres tall, welcomed seven million visitors last year, three quarters of them foreigners.

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  • Tim

    I never understood the term “fleeced” until I got pinned by two groups of “shoppers” in Berlin who rushed together pretending to argue while surrounding me and feeling for my poke like some kind of sci-fi tentacle. Luckily for me, I only had a few medium and big bills folded Vegas style in my shirt pocket that they missed or never even passed over. They broke up as quick as they surrounded me and drifted into the crowd. I couldn`t have identified any of them except as people. The first thing I thought was how I had gotten paranoid over Gypsys coming close to me at the Air Italy counter back in Newark. I realized it wasn`t a delusion, it was a premonition…

    • A great way to get box-cuttered if they try that with me.

      • Deacon Blue

        Brah, share the love and stop hatin’ on the minorities. Awright? 🙂

        • So sorry, but Japanese and the occasional Amerind is as far as the love goes with me.

        • David Ashton

          A truly multicultural society – their culture is take, and our culture is give – a perfect arrangement, nome sane?

      • Tim

        It was over before I knew it started!! This time…

    • Illidan Stormragge

      People, I.e. lefties, complain about gun deaths but at least we don’t deal with mass petty theft.

  • Oil Can Harry

    “No word on who picks the pockets”?

    For the answer listen to Cher’s song Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves.

    • George Moriarty

      Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves from the eastern part of the EU are certainly part of the problem. But my understanding has been that North Africans from France’s former colonies make up the greatest number of pick pockets in the Eiffel Tower Precinct.
      That place must be seventh heaven for France’s petty criminal class, all those cashed up tourists with their wallets, cash, cell phones, travellers cheques, passports and expensive camera’s (I take your picture sir?), all there for the picking while they (the tourists) ooh and aah at the tower.
      Again, the joys of diversity and unrestricted 3rd world immigration.

      • Charles Martel

        Last time I was in Paris the blacks were revolting, but didn’t cause any problem for me only offering to sell obviously stolen goods. The gypsies was what is saw pickpocketing.

        • stewball

          Revolting in what context!

      • Typical street scene in today’s Paris. Montmartre

        • Alden

          After seeing that picture I’ll never go back, reminds me of DC

        • Tim

          The group of three up front and left and the Black guy wearing red on the right are running the “Friendship bracelet’ scam on the White people there. You can tell it just by the body language. They come up to you and tell you about the “tradition” in their country. While they are BS ing you they are tying a piece of string quickly around your wrist that you will find it hard to get off without having scissors at hand. When they are done they demand S40 dollars from you to pay for the bracelet. When you can`t get it off and tell them to go @#$% themselves, the others surround you in a threatening manner till they are paid…

          • Soon all of Europe’s cities will be trashed, just as the same forces behind that have ruined America’s cities.

          • The best reply would seem to be “I’m not your friend.”

          • Tim

            Exactly!! The one we used to use in bartending was, “Listen! I`m your friend and we just called your enemy…”

          • David Ashton

            Remember that Bardot film “Une Parisienne”? You can almost breathe the difference in the air, sparkle and optimism in 1957, and La “Belle” France now!

          • Tim

            I`ll have to look it up! God Bless her for speaking out against the perfidy… I do remember the 60`s European swinging stewardess movie, “Come Fly With Me!” and get the same idea…

          • David Ashton

            Bardot has since spoken out against the Muslim occupation and its animal slaughter, and been fined for her opinions. The female lead in “Come Fly with Me!” became a nun shortly afterwards. In my boyhood I quite fancied Dawn Addams who was in that film too, as well as Brigitte herself in “Doctor at Sea” (“Do you want me, darling?” she said. Not ‘alf, I thought.) I was in Paris in the 1960s, and my wife and I later honeymooned there. So different today.

          • Secret Person

            Seems best for all tourists to carry “walking sticks”.

    • Cid Campeador

      I don’t think that we need a “word”.
      If You inject frequent doses of toxins into your body it will increase in its volume and eventually destroy you.

  • David Ashton

    Rroma NOT Romanians.

    • phillyguy

      Gypsys, not Roma, that was pinned by the liberal media.

    • Petronius

      They (Gypsies) infest the London area, too, but also some Russians now I believe.

      • It was Bulgarian Gypsies breaking into cars near hiking trails in Colorado. The cops in the Boulder area caught a few of them, too. Their entire culture is based on theft.

        • Hilis Hatki

          I was skinny as a child and my grandmother use to tell me it was because I had Gypsies living in my stomach. It worried me so, that they were stealing my food.

          • One of my (black) co-workers was terrified of cats. He said they were watching him. They probably were, but they don’t actually suck the breath out of most children: only the bad ones.

          • IstvanIN

            Wish my mother knew that before banishing my cat before my sister was born.

          • Tim

            Your story reminds me of the old joke, “Gypsy Omlette Recipe- First Steal Two Fresh Eggs….”

      • Lexonaut

        They’re in the US too. Out west they call themselves Travelers. They do most of the home roofing and driveway asphalting scams.

        A few years ago one family opened up a nearby two-hour flea market one Sunday in a bank parking lot using equipment and supplies stored in the converted long haul passenger coach that they were using.

        • Alden

          They are very big on sophisticated welfare scams. One of their best frauds is renting an apartment. Then they run ads to rent the apartment at a couple hundred dollars below market value. So they get a lot of calls. They accept first and last months rent from as many people who want the apartment. Then on the first of the month numerous people try to move into the apartment and the gypsies are gone.

          • Lexonaut

            I live in a Denver suburb. That scam has been running here for a couple of years now, ever since rentals turned into a landlord’s market.

        • Albert

          I heard about “the travelers” in a documentary. They are a very traditional people- one of which is marrying 12 yr old girls.

          • Lexonaut

            Their general theme is hit-and-run scams. There’s rarely physical violence, they just pick the low-hanging fraud fruit and then move on before the authorities have time to react.

            They feel entitled to what we have, just as blacks do, it’s just that Gypsies in general don’t wait around for government assistance, at least not in the USA. (I think they do in England.)

        • stewball

          Travelers are not Roma.

          • Lexonaut

            Maybe not but their culture is very similar with respect to ripping off the public as a way of life preferable to working for a living.

    • Our old Romanian poster, Spartacus completely loathed Roma.

      • David Ashton

        Curiously I was robbed in Norfolk by skilled Rroma pickpockets and then went into the Norfolk and Norwich hospital where by far the best nurse in attendance was a Romanian.

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          Like you said,

          Roma = Gypsy(PC)
          Roma != Romanian

          • Lexonaut

            The name of the people is the Rom. The Rom people are Romas. They are not Romanians in any meaningful sense of the term.

          • Ronald Roman

            Some are gypsies (Roma) from Romania.Some are from Hungary, Bulgaria, UK…
            The Romanians, on the other hand, are Latin people, like Italians, Spaniards, etc.
            I should know, look at my last name!

          • Lexonaut

            Agreed. But what are the chances that the Rom were named for Romania? Do you agree that Romania is more or less the center of Roma culture?

          • Ronald Roman

            No, the gypsies are from India. They migrated westward. They are in Russia, Poland , Eastern Europe. There is nothing Romanian about them, except some of them are Romanian citizens. And the unfortunate fact (for Romanians) that the PC name for gypsies is Roma now.

        • stewball

          As you said before, not the same thing.

      • Diana Moon Glampers

        All Romanians loathe the gypsies. Although lots of gypsies made camp in Romania, they are of some Indian ethnicity, whereas Romanians are white Europeans.

        Many US/ EU do -gooder types spend tons of money trying to make Romanians treat/feel about gypsies the way white Americans treat/feel about blacks, the gypsies mostly remain segregated.

        • Alden

          Gypsies were a big liberal cause in 19th and early 20th century England. They were supposed to be so exotic and colorful and
          free spirited etc.

          • David Ashton

            Some were. But generally they have been a problem, and more so today. They are still divided into sub-tribes, more loosely than in the past and with some crossing with white people. They originated mainly from low-caste types in India, but have their own traditions of a sort (including early marriages and large families). The Nazis made a study of their ethnic composition, and Himmler once said the good ones could be left to roam around the Black Forest in their caravans. A recent claim that over 1.5 million were gassed during WW2 is absurd, but any old nonsense can be spewed out by the political correct to a credulous, sentimental and uneducated populace, especially if corrections are denied publication.

  • A simple bomb the size of a wallet would blow a thief’s arm off at the elbow. It wouldn’t be complicated to make these and allow pickpockets to steal them, and it would be very difficult to get caught.

    • George Moriarty

      I hate to say it but this is yet another brilliant idea from you Mr MCS!
      And just remember we in the West do not really condemn the Muslims for cutting of the hands of thieves. It is barbaric but I think we all have stories of being robbed and lets face it we would all like stronger action to be taken against all criminals.

      • In my own case, I move my wallet out of my back pocket in crowded environments.

        • Deacon Blue

          Mine is chained to a belt loop.

        • Charles Martel

          I never put it in the back pocket around die verse city

          • stewball

            I don’t understand why men put wallets and. Mobile phones in their back pocket. Most men do.

        • Tim

          Michael, in my case the FIRST place I felt their slimy hand was where I usually move my wallet up front in a crowded environment. I`m ready for a money belt or whatever…Like I said, I was lucky for the free education…

        • Weisheit77

          I avoid places like Paris. That is how I deal with it.

        • Red

          Get two and use the back one as a drop wallet.

          • InAFreeCountry

            I do that with a cell phone in diversity areas.

    • Deacon Blue

      You are correct, the more daunting task of course is making sure it does not
      blow a buttock off when you go over a bump in your car. You also need to
      insure that said “bang for your buck” device does not explode while Dindu was
      holding it next to the head of a 7 year old girl on the subway as he was getting
      his life back together and getting ready to go to college.

      • John Smith

        A small magnetic proximity switch that activates a “safe” mode in situ and detonates within 5-10 seconds after removed from the magnetic field. Just use a short length of det cord, only enough to give him a sharia-style punishment.

        • I think an “open” switch inside the wallet would work.

          • John Smith

            Could detonate if it falls out, unless you put a delay on it too.

    • Tim

      People would be asking me how my wife lost her arm…

    • Lexonaut

      “Note that this post is for entertainment purposes only and is absolutely not a suggestion that anyone actually do this.”

      I’m reminded of a magazine ad from about ten years back for a high powered consumer laser made in China. The ad contained such caveats as “Do not use this product to drill through automobile tires from half a mile away.”

    • Secret Person

      You might get more bang for the buck if it was a remotely detonated backpack.

  • dd121

    Why is this international news?

    • John Smith

      The vics are almost all foreigners?

    • Alden

      Because crime by gypsies and africans is so out of control that major tourist attractions in one of the great European cities have to be closed down because the police are not allowed to control the criminals.

      The French version of th eADL AJC NAAP ACLU is SOS Racisme. It has even more of a stranglehold on law enforcement and free speech than the liberal organizations do in America. It is as though the Washington Lincoln and Jefferson memorials or the White house tours had to be cancelled because of swarms of african and gypsy immigrants attacking people waiting to get into the White house tours.

      • David Ashton

        Paralyze the rabbit before you kill it.

  • SoulInvictus

    I’ve got an idea… plant officers with wallets coated in a toxin/sedative that can penetrate skin. Done.
    Just mop up the trash at close of business.

    • John Smith

      Microneedle with ricin inside the fold of the wallet.

  • TCA

    In Oliver Twist it was You-Know-Who, who manipulated adolescent goyim to pick pockets for them. Nowadays, they manipulate Americans to fight wars in the Middle East.

    • stewball

      OH F.O.

    • Alden

      He was a real person a you know who immigrant from Poland named Fagel not Fagin. ADL has fits about Dickens and Thackerays “anti semitism”

      • stewball

        Don’t forget shylock.

  • TheCogitator

    “No word about who picks the pockets.”

    Let me guess, it must be the folks descended from the people who have inhabited those lands for thousands of years. Yeah, right.

  • Luca D.

    Gypsies, tramps and thieves.

    • John Smith

      Gypsies, muslims and negroes.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Sing it Cher!

  • how about this

    I am so outraged about the White French prejudice that says one’s wallet belongs in one’s pocket rather than being shared with the community. You don’t really need cash, credit cards, or a driver’s license; those grow on trees anyway in White neighborhoods, and imagine how much a poor young thief’s life would be improved by having them.

    • David Ashton

      From each according to his ability – to each according to his greed. The Communist Manifesto in direct action.

  • Illidan Stormragge

    Could be any ethnicity. Blacks sell fake handbags under or near the eiffel and some other useless crap.

    • They also sell bottles of water & small umbrellas when it rains.

  • Alden

    American PC code for black criminal is thug. European PC code for gypsy is pickpocket or Rumanian although there are plenty of them from Hungary, Bulgaria and other countries.

    • stewball

      Did you know that thug is a Hindu word pronounced tug?

  • Alden

    I’m sure SOS Racisme the French version of the ADL/ AJC is preparing an injunction against any police presence around the tower and other tourist sites.

  • I would actually like to visit some of the old WW-1 battlefields. Very depressing, but no diversity there.

    • Luca D.

      I would visit the battlefield cemeteries of the American war dead.

      There is virtually no diversity among heroes.

      • Lexonaut

        “I would visit the battlefield cemeteries of the American war dead.”

        I often did that forty years ago when I frequently traveled to western Europe on business. Beautiful places, peaceful and calm, conducive to thinking about how lucky we are that they made the ultimate sacrifice without ever knowing us.

    • My wife had to attend the Cannes awards but I had 3-4 days on my own. That’s exactly what I did. I thought the WW-2 fields would be too sterile but I’m very interested in WW-I as the technology was changing at the time.

      I went to the Somme & decided to walk back to my hotel after the visit. I underestimated the distance : it was at least 10 or 15 km. I was approached by some French youth (not gypsies but real French) and forked out 2 or 3 euros for found WW-I bullets and stuff.

      At the underground bunker museum I bought an old brass timing nose cone for an exploded 1916 4″ diam anti-personnel artillery shell. I brought it back to the US thru customs packed in my suitcase (it weighed a couple of pounds).

      • The Somme wasn’t a good place for an offensive; some idiot brass must have simply picked a spot on a non-topographical map. The water table is close to the surface there, so the artillery churned the area into a swamp. The Germans had all the high ground, which left the British advancing uphill after they cleared the muddy morass their own gunners had created. The plateau also has ravines, which channeled the advancing British into “kill zones”.

        • George Moriarty

          The Somme was probably the greatest act of folly and stupidity in what was the most pointless and horrific war of all time..
          Yes, the old generals were reported to have said on many occasions; “we don’t need machine guns”, “we don’t need tanks” “we don’t need aircraft” etc. They also said “just give me another hundred thousand fresh young troops, forget the weather and the mud and we will just walk all over the Germans, AND, if you (addressing the young troops) don’t walk in front of those German machine guns you will be shot for cowardice”

          • Earl P. Holt III

            This is what happens when a society dispenses with its meritocracy, kind of like what we have now…

          • Alden

            The English army at the time was still very much affirmative action for the upper middle classes and legacy appointments to the academies and officer corps. But the German, French and Italian officer corps were very much merit entrance and promotion.

            The British and French armies worked closely together on the Belgian German French borders. So whether French merit system or British affirmative action system the generals were equally disfunctional

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Prior to Sandhurst, the Royal Military Academies made officers into gentlemen — not fighters — and taught them which fork to use for each course…

          • stewball

            Lol.

          • Alden

            The learned that at home and in school before they went to the academies or officers training. Only the gentry need apply.

            I know the navy had Woolwich and the midshipman program starting at age 12, but did the army have any form of officers training prior to Sandhurst? Still they did a pretty good job of conquering their empire.

        • Alden

          The British generals may have been unfamiliar with the Somme valley, but the French army had been fighting over that ground for centuries and knew it well.

        • stewball

          But we still won.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        TSA was too busy fondling the junk of male passengers…

        • Alden

          Drudge just reported that thousands of TSA IDs have disapeared. Staff our airport security with non White immigrants and felons what does one expect?

          • Secret Person

            Same with the baggage handlers.

    • Alden

      There is plenty of diversity in the WW1 battlefields and cemeteries. The black cats of Senegal in the French army were famous for being great fighters. There are big hindu and muslim memorials honoring the Indians who served in the British armies. The French also had Arabs as well as their African contingents like the black cats of Senegal. The first mosque in France was built for the muslim arabs who fought in WW 1There was even a British regiment of Chinese mercenaries who fought in WW 1 as well of some Gurkhas, Burmese etc who fought with the British. Truly a world wide slaughter house for nothing.

      WW1 was probably the worst of worst things the Whites of Europe and that Bernard Baruch puppet Woodrow Wilson have done in the last ten thousand years. Millions and millions of European men killed each other and They Who Shall Not Be Named effected the communist revolutions not just in Russia but in Germany, Hungary Austria and some other European countries. Fortunately the German, Hungarian, Austrian etc anti communists wiped out their communist revolutions quickly.

      Some historians think WW 1 was organized by the arms manufacturers and banks. You’re the military historian here. What’s the name of that merchant of death often blamed for fomenting WW 1? Klaroff or something?

      That rememberance day c**p in England is just disgusting. Think about all that propaganda they sold to the Bernard Baruch puppet Woodrow Wilson about German soldiers raping women and using babies for bayonet practice and how the English aid and abet the rape and slavery of their own children by muslim immigrants.

      • George Moriarty

        I am old enough to have had grandparents who both lived through WW1 and served in the trenches of Flanders. My grandfather told me of the hell of the trenches, mud, poor food, dysentery and the constant fear of death from shells, shrapnel, bullets and mustard gas. But back home in England the public support of the war continued at almost fever pitch, pacifism and/or a negotiated peace were just unthinkable.
        Some French divisions mutinied. Many French Jews served on the front only to be sent to Hitler’s gas chambers 25 years later. One prominent German Jew, Albert Einstein was one of the few notable persons who spoke out against the war and even as early as 1915 called for the creation of a united Europe.
        As for diversity in that conflict, both France and England put huge numbers of their colonial subjects into uniform but where diversity did not exist I am sure Hollywood will invent it.

        • Alden

          Any American pro capitalist anti socialist who is against the European Union should take a good look at the cemeteries of WW1 and 2.

          Those wars, mass suicides, communist takeover of Russia and Central and eastern Europe are the reasons the European Union was created. Never again!!!!!!

          The Europeans are no longer massacring each other over whatever but they are now destroying themselves with mass immigration.

          • George Moriarty

            I feel that the only real problem with both the EU and the UN is that they have gone well beyond their original charter and have become new empires in themselves. Both organisations were set up to stop WW1 & WW2 ever happening again. As a child of WW2 I have been supportive of both the EU and the UN. But neither organisation should be in the business of moving the 3rd world to the highly developed West. Like in the present crisis with Burmese refugees, the UN should be sending the troops into Burma and telling the corrupt Burmese government to get their act together and look after their minorities or the UN will appoint an administrator. The UN should not be telling Australia to take in these refugees.
            Same with the African people smugglers in the Mediterranean, have an EU Navy to turn the boats back and give the Africans a bit of cash to accept them back. NOT resettle them all throughout Europe.

        • Alden

          The English entertainment industry has been living off WWs 1 and 2 since 1945. Sometimes I think half the BBC dramas are set in their
          “finest hour” those wars. At least glorification of Churchill books are no longer being published.

          That Mr. Selfridge BBC series set during and after WW1 is pretty good. Selfridge is in a dilemma after the war. Should he fire the women, some war widows with kids to support who were taken on to replace soldiers during the war so he can hire veterans with no jobs to come home to

          But its the only one that treats the war as anything but heroism.

          We think the press is controlled now. It was even more controlled during WW1.

      • David Ashton

        Basil Zaharoff, possibly a Jew (Sahar) raised in Greece, who sometimes claimed to be Turkish. His alleged involvement in Turkish negotiations re the WW1 Balfour Declaration re a Jewish national home are summarized by Tom Segev in Haaretz, August 6, 2010 (on-line).

        • Alden

          That’s the guy, thanks

    • stewball

      How did we get to the first world war?

      • Alden

        President Woodrow Wilson was a puppet of one who shall not be named Bernard Baruch and his community. They wanted us in the war to defeat Germany so Wilson like Johnson, Nixon and other presidents obeyed his master and got us into the war.

        There was massive opposition from the largest ethnic group, German immigrants, the socialists powerful a the time, nationalist isolationists, the business community, labor unions, Gene Debs and most of America but Wilson just executive ordered us into it.

        There were a few years of propaganda of course, German soldiers using babies for bayonet practice, raping nuns on the altars of Churches even in protestant areas of Holland where a nun had not been seen for 400 years etc but essentially it was President Wilson’s war.

        We got into WW1 to save Dutch babies from being used for target practice by Germans we got into Desert Storm to save Kuwaiti babies from being thrown out of their incubators and bassinets onto the floor by those eeeevvvvviiiiiil Iraq soldiers.

  • KenelmDigby

    The irony is overwhelming.

    When foreigners think about France, the first image that generally pops up into their heads is the ‘Eiffel Tower’.
    Therefore it is legitimate to say that on a subliminal level at least, the Eiffel Tower is symbolic of France.
    The fact that most likely black or Arab immigrants are making life around the tower unliveable really says it all.

    • Those creeps are damaging the French tourist industry, as some seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year, or 19,000 a day. If we add visitors to the Louvre, that’s another 27,000 a day, and every one of those tourists is eating at local restaurants. That must add up to quite a lot of money going into the Parisian economy.

    • DivaEl

      Visited Paris in April, 2008, and the Eiffel Tower was on my list of must-visit places. After seeing inside the tower, I have no idea what the big draw is. I had to wait in line behind all of the vacationing Eurotrash on the Continent just to visit a giant metal scaffold to nowhere. And by the time I got to the head of the line, they stopped letting visitors go up to the very top. The only good thing about it was the view. Talk about a tourist trap!

      • It was originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair, and ironically was originally intended to be torn down afterward.

    • Alden

      The most important thing about the tower is not the tower itself, it is the man who built it M. Eiffel. He was an engineer who worked with structural steel. He invented the process by which buildings can be made with steel frameworks. Maybe there is an iron worker or engineer reader who can explain it better than I can.

      Whatever M. Eiffel did, his was the first building over 100 feet made of steel. It is because of his invention that there are high rises and skyscrapers all over the world. millions of iron workers engineers and and architects owe their iivings to M. Eiffel and his invention of structural steel that makes it possible to build structures over 100 stories tall.

      That is the importance of the tower. It is a monument to Eiffel as the phone is to Bell and the radio is to Marconi.

      Just one more major achievement by a European man among virtually all the inventions ever made.

    • David Ashton

      On a personal note, I was born in the Chingord (Essex) part of the UK London Borough of Waltham Forest, lived mostly in its Walthamstow part, and worked mainly in its Leyton/stone part. It was originally a good, very pleasant white area, troubled on its margins only by the Krays (who were brought in by a local policeman of my acquaintance). It had several grammar schools, one (founded in 1527) now a multiracial “comprehensive” dump, another one gradually negrified and now closed. Walthamstow has an ancient Anglo-Saxon name, meaning the Welcome-Place, and now the whole area is an Afro-Asian colony. My aunt’s old shop in the main street became an Islamic bookshop and later a base for a Muslim sky-bomb plot. Black youth crime is notorious. John Heale’s book on drug and knife crime, “One Blood”, opens chapter 1 with: “From Leyton to Chingford: Welcome to Gangland”. So not only the Eiffel Tower.

      • stewball

        Isn’t that around the east end David?

        • David Ashton

          The postal codes are E10, E17 & E4, but the East “End” as popularly known is much further into London – Stepney, Aldgate, Shoreditch, Poplar, etc. Many Jews were pushed out of Whitechapel by Muslims, and then out of Ilford by Hindus. Bordering Epping Forest, the small North Chingford rectangle is still comparatively white and well-off, and South Chingford still has its Jewish component near the synagogue. Quite some years ago the mother of the actor Leslie Phillips was murdered by two “youths” not far from our home, and the area – from Chingford Mount southwards (past the now closed Walthamstow Dog Stadium, where the Communists shouted down Churchill in the post-war election) to my former grammar school – is menaced by several black gangs, I mean enriched by vibrant diversity. The attractive yet politically ulta-correct blonde, who is MP for Walthamstow, is standing in the Labour Party deputy leadership campaign. Hope this is not too boring for our American First readers!

          • stewball

            My grandparents lived in Aldgate East. My. Mum in Bethnal Green. Isn’t Forest Gate part of the EE.
            As far as I remember the Jews moved up and out as did the Indians. Then came the Jamaican.

          • David Ashton

            Were your grandparents among those who “fought Mosley” (or said they did) at Gardiner’s Corner, I wonder? (The “Battle” of Cable Street is an urban myth.) So long ago as the 1980s “Spot the white man” was a Forest Gate “joke”. Probably a criminal offense to say it aloud today.

          • stewball

            My little yiddisher grandparents who’s English was limited probably didn’t even know who mosley was. They were very gentle people.

  • JohnnyMangoes

    LOL I’m willing to bet that at least 50% of the people who got pickpocketed were Chinese…. probably the most naive and sheltered group of people on planet earth. Literally donated Renminbi into the hands of immigrants in France, under the impression that the people doing the pickpocketing…. are French, and the culture they are visiting is… genuine French culture.

    • Red

      There was an article on Amren a year or so ago saying that Chinese tour groups were taking Chinese policemen with them for protection. Not a bad idea.

  • Harry Schneider

    east european Gypsies, seen it myself !

    • Mircea

      Mostly, gypsies from Romania. I heard them when I visit Paris. They sit on a bridge near Tour Eiffel and play the “shell game”.

    • stewball

      Me too. Nearly got. Pick pocketed in Prague.

  • Weisheit77

    I love the smell of diversity in the morning.

    I’ve been bothered by gypsies in Berlin and Amsterdam. In Germany they couldn’t speak German, but picked up on the fact that I could speak English and it was all I could do to get them to leave me alone.

  • JohnnySmoggins

    The term is “Gypsy”.

  • Red

    I was there last year and it was mostly Gypsies doing the scamming and pick-pocketing, especially gangs of Gypsy girls. One of them might distract you by asking to sign a petition while the others attempt to empty your pockets or bags. The first thing they asked was, “Do you speak English?” It usually happens in pedestrian bottlenecks wherever you have to wait in line (Getting on the Metro, lines waiting to go into tourist sites, etc…) I was prepared since I read up on their tactics before I went.

    Sub-Saharan Africans and Arabs were also all over the place selling trinkets and other worthless items. They’re very aggressive once you engage them and won’t go away. It’s best to ignore them and keep moving.

    On the second day my son found a four foot tree branch in a park. I ended up using it as a walking stick for the duration of my visit. It was a very effective deterrent when approached by Gypsies. A group of them were about to swarm us near the Sacré-Cœur with their little petition so I quickly raised it up to about chest height and they backed off and looked at me like I was crazy.

    It’s sad to see all of that trash around such a great city.

  • Went to Paris & other parts of France in 2013 for 10 days and tho I wasn’t pickpocketed I was approached by this guy with the “found gold ring scam”. They pretend to find a gold ring near you and then want something for it. The ring I was offered was stamped “14K” and my guess was at least 1/4 oz or more: it was fairly massive. My guess was that it was $150 to $200 melt value and the guy only wanted 20 euros for it.

    However I know gold is quite dense: almost 2x the density of lead and this ring was too light. He eventually came down to 2 euros but I still wouldn’t bite. Eventually I had to run away as he’d walk after me making various offers. He didn’t look French but middle Eastern. I guess brass rings can be bought for 25 or 50 cents?

    Still the Eiffel Tower is worth visting. They do have some very fancy restaurants inside but some of those require a reservation one month in advance. They also have lower restaurants which you can get into with maybe 1/2 week advance notice for lunch if you’re lucky.

    The Chinese in France are very arrogant. It’s like they own the world & they know it. They have no deference for US people, whom they know, no longer have their own country.

    • A variation of that one is someone selling bootleg music CDs will ask you your name, whip out a magic marker and write your name on the case. Then he demands you pay him for “your” CD. The best approach is to file a complaint with police for peddling without a street vendor’s license. This went a bit far in NYC a few years ago when the perp was shot dead after pulling out a MAC-10 on the cops who accosted him. He used the goofy, sideways “gangsta” hold and got a stovepipe jam.

      The correct approach is to either ignore the doof or tell him that you do not have a name.

    • Look_A_Squirrel

      In 2009 the gold ring scam was tried on me by a gypsy woman. When I didn’t bite she cursed me in French (knowing I was not French) and I cursed her right back in French (because I’m fluent – even in the dirty words).

      Wonder if the muzzies pay a royalty on adopting the gypsy scam.

  • Lexonaut

    ““There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now
    facing an organised network,” said a union representative.”

    And they’re really hard to find, too, the base of the tower being all of an acre or so in size. Not only that, those criminal muzzies blend right in with the American and Japanese tourists so there’s no hope of … oh, I don’t know … stopping them and asking to see some ID.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Must be all those Scandinavian tourists, known for their criminality…

    • George Moriarty

      To all the above posters: Come and visit Oz & NZ. I am not saying that there are no beggars or pick-pockets here but they are certainly not obvious. And, a couple of years ago I accidentally left a bag containing among other items my expensive Nikon and a credit card on a train seat. The whole lot was eventually handed into Lost Property!

      • David Ashton

        Keep those islands white.

  • Look_A_Squirrel

    More benefits of diversity.

  • Mircea

    I’m sure they are gypsies from Romania. I saw a lot of them (speaking romanian) near Tour Eiffel when I visited Paris… They also played the “shell game”.. It’s such a shame! No wonder why many westerners hate Romanians, because they are not able (or politically correctness don’t allowed them) to make the distinction between the real Romanians (whites) and gypsies. Well, the only good thing – they are not in Romania! Unfortunately, we have a lot of gypsies… they breed literally like rabbits. Arab immigration/ low birth rate / emigration of skilled Romanians.. we’re doomed.

  • MathMan

    Yes, the same people who infest London’s Oxford Street to steal from shoppers. They also run most of the ATM machine frauds here in UK.The police catch them but because of EU rules can’t deport them back to Eastern Europe – Romania, Albania, Hungary ect. They are given small fines and are back on the streets within hours. I believe Hitler had certain views on these people.

  • Albert

    The stalemate of trench warfare was one of the reasons chlorine gas and other chemical weapons were developed. War is one fugly BLEEP.

  • Lexonaut

    When I look that up for translation I get French tzigane, which is translated as Romany!.

    I used to speak Russian, what does tzigan mean?

  • David Ashton

    I used the spelling some Romanians prefer.

  • MBlanc46

    My wife and I are going to be in France next month. Pick-pocketing is an ancient craft and crime. It doesn’t surprise me that a metropolis such as Paris would have more than it’s share, but I’m disappointed that it would become so visible that TE staff would take this sort of action. I’ll try to be on my guard.

    • Alden

      Don’t let a dark skinned person within 4 ft including your back and you’ll be OK
      Don’t each have a suitcase. Mix both your things in both suitcases. That way if one suitcase gets stolen you’ll still hvae a basic wardrobe. You can leave a lot fo things in your hotel or deposit box at the hotel. No need to carry all your money tickets passports around. Bills in pockets and a credit card in a secure pocket, no need for a full wallet.

      Have fun

      • MBlanc46

        Thanks for the tips. We’re pretty experienced travelers so most of your suggestions are already our policy. I’ll certainly avoid blacks and North Africans to the greatest extent possible.

  • stewball

    Not only the Roma steal.