'Chinese police to help patrol Paris streets'

Chinese tourists look at Eiffel Tower souvenir at the Galeries Lafayette shopping center, on October 4, 2012 in Paris

Chinese police will help patrol tourist destinations in Paris this summer after a rise in muggings and attacks on Chinese tourists, a source in France's interior ministry said Tuesday. More than one million Chinese visitors come to France every year and there have been concerns over a number of muggings and attacks against them. In March last year, a group of 23 Chinese visitors were robbed in a restaurant shortly after they landed at Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport. The ministry source said the Chinese police would help their French counterparts in Paris tourist spots but declined to give numbers. The number of Chinese visitors to France is expected to be given a boost this year because of events linked to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Paris and Beijing.