4/15/2013 10:06:00 AM

Armed Police Protect Paris Tourist Attractions From Gangs

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Hundreds of armed police were dispatched to Parisian attractions this weekend to attempt to stem the tide of aggressive beggars and gangs of pickpockets, the Daily Mail reports. Staff from the Louvre last week went on strike to protest attacks by swarms of children stealing from visitors and staff alike. According to staff, groups of up to 30 spit, struck and threatened workers and tourists, according to Slate. The museum reopened this weekend with 20 permanent uniformed police and an undisclosed number of plain-clothes patrols. Police presence has also been increased at sites like the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur and the Pompidou Centre. Officials say the gangs are comprised of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria. 

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