Generally, Paris is a safe city. You can wander in almost every district with a low risk of mugging. However, some areas are safer than others.
The center and most touristic places of Paris is very safe, as it’s a vibrant area either at day or night.
But, oopular tourist places are also popular hunting grounds for thieves who favour congested areas to mask their activities. The crowded elevators at the Eiffel Tower, escalators at museums and the area around the Sacre Cœur cathedral in Montmartre are all favoured by pickpockets and snatch-and-run thieves.
Pickpockets are active on the rail link from Charles de Gaulle airport to downtown Paris and on the number one metro line that cuts across the city center east to west servicing many of the major tourist sites.
The North of Paris is not the safest. Around both Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, you should always keep an eye on your wallet. If you want to explore La goutte d’Or, which is a quite poor district, you should go there only during the day-time and don’t hang out there too long, otherwise you may be offered some illegal substances.
There is no specific health problem for travellers to Paris, although visitors are advised to make sure they are up-to-date with standard vaccinations prior to leaving home.
Hospitals and pharmacies are available across the city, with ambulance services on call 24 hours in case of emergency.
Hertford British Hospital Phone:: +33 1 46 39 22 22
American Hospital, 63 boulevard Victor Hugo, 92200 Neuilly sur Seine, tel: 01-4641-2525, Metro Pont de Neuilly.
Centre Hospitalier Franco-Britannique, 3 rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret, tel: 01-4639-2222
English Speaking Health Information Service (E.S.H.I.S.), 42 rue Monge, 75005 Paris, tel: 01-4307-3216
Tel: 4707 7777
Tel: 01-4723-8080 (speaking English)
24 Hour Pharmacy
62 Avenue des Champs-Elyses, 8e
Tel: 4359 2252