A French police officer patrols on Trocadero Square in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images
Paris police are to draft in reinforcements from China to help patrol the French capital during the summer tourist boom.
The foreign officers will be deployed to key landmarks to prevent Chinese visitors – around 1 million of whom come to France every year – being targeted by pickpockets and muggers.
A plan originating from the French Interior Ministry proposed that Chinese police officers would patrol with their French counterparts in Paris tourist spots. A ministry spokesperson refused to give details or numbers, but said their role would be preventative, and that they would operate as part of a global operation to protect tourists across the city.