Crime poses a threat to foreign nationals and is concentrated in heavily populated areas, especially those catering to tourists. Thieves typically target passports, wallets, bags, and electronic devices. These opportunistic crimes can occur anywhere, but especially near major tourist attractions and on public transport. High net worth VIPs have been targeted to/from the airport, as well as at hotels and residences.
The threat of terrorism in France is high. France continues to be the target of Islamic State (IS) attacks, and the country must be considered a potential target. A number of attacks attributed to radical Islamist militants have occurred; these have taken the form of large-scale, coordinated violence against symbolic and soft targets, as well as lone-wolf attacks on civilians and government personnel. Despite ongoing counterterrorism efforts, further plots cannot be ruled out.
Protests occur often in France and occasionally devolve into violence. Most demonstrations are related to economic conditions and social issues. Large protests are most common in Paris and other major cities, and typically cause significant transportation delays.
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