Police patrol outside the Louvre in Paris, April 11, 2013. (Photo/Xinhua)
According to WantChinaTimes.com, to better protect the security of Chinese nationals as surging numbers of tourists from the country are visiting France, the French government has invited Chinese police officers to patrol in Paris, with more than ten Chinese officers expected to begin patrolling duties Paris beginning this summer.
French police in Paris will strengthen its patrols in tourist spots and on public transportation to cope with the increasing number of mainland tourists and have invited ten Chinese police officers to participate in joint patrols.
China's outbound tourists have doubled over the past three years to nearly 100 million this year, according to a survey by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
In 2013, roughly 1.5 million Chinese tourists visited France with a total consumption of â‚¬571 million (US$791 million).
In recent years, because of their rising purchasing power, thieves in Paris have begun targeting Chinese visitors. On March 20, 2013, a group of 23 Chinese tourists were robbed in Paris, leading to a clampdown on tourist spots by French police.
COMMENT: France's Foreign Ministry has called for a simplification of the visa approval system for Chinese citizens, to mark the 50th anniversary of China and France forging diplomatic ties.
The number of Chinese tourists to France surged 40%, prompting the Foreign Ministry to invite Chinese police officers for joint patrols in Paris.
Chinese police officers will patrol major tourist destinations in Paris and will help Chinese tourists interpret and communicate with French police.
The Interior Ministry expects the two countries to cooperate more closely on anti-terror and security issues when France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, visits China in June 2014.
In February 2004, two French police officers came to work in Beijing and Shanghai while two Chinese police officers were assigned to France, according to a Chinese media report.
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