Neighborhoods in U.S. Cities the French Government Warns Its Traveling Citizens to Avoid

Just as [the] State [Department] warns Americans about dangerous places to travel, so too do foreign ministries in other countries — and some countries warn their citizens to avoid heading to certain cities in the U.S. France, in particular, warns travelers to be careful in a large number of specific cities.

The Washington Post has a list of 16 cities in the U.S. that France warns their citizens about, with reasons or advice to stay vigilant. The advice is generally to keep an eye out on your pocketbooks when in high-tourist areas like Times Square in New York, but it’s also about avoiding areas like Harlem in NYC, Anacostia in Washington D.C., the West Side of Chicago, and Inglewood in Los Angeles (see a trend here?).

The Wash Post story failed to note that the warning to French tourists on the site says that French people shouldn’t use credit cards in the U.S. because of credit card fraud, and that “police violence driven by racial considerations are sometimes reported.” [Thanks to Jon C. for the pointer.]

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aetataureate (#1,310)

Hahahaha, love that Germany has no advice except not to get naked in public. Germans know what’s up. France, why you gotta be so fussy and judgmental (and xenophobic)?

RachelW (#2,605)

This is hilarious – the neighborhoods they recommend staying away from in Cleveland are Euclid, Lakewood, and Cleveland Heights. As a former Cleveland resident I can tell you that the most dangerous aspects of Cleveland Heights are the ridiculous speed traps and overzealous ticketing for parking infractions. In Lakewood I guess you might eat some dangerously delicious diner food. How did they come up with this list?

Ambrrr (#5,155)

@RachelW People on the Channel 5 Facebook page were SO MAD over this, haha!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Don’t travel by foot in Richmond? Lakewood in Cleveland is dangerous?

Damn, I been living on the edge all those times I went for walks in Richmond or hung out in Cleveland and I didn’t even know it!

bgprincipessa (#699)

The bubble for Baltimore on that map just says “Considered a dangerous city except downtown.” Literally, it doesn’t even say “Baltimore.” Before I scrolled down I looked at the map first and saw that, and thought :( they mean Baltimore, don’t they (the answer is yes).

Kation (#4,849)

@bgprincipessa As a Baltimore resident, I had to roll my eyes at that. Unfortunately, I have encountered so many people (Americans!) who actually *lived* in the Baltimore area but never went anywhere in the city besides the Inner Harbor because their coworkers in Columbia/White Marsh/etc. told them that everything east of the Hard Rock Cafe is a war zone. In my neighborhood (Canton), I live in imminent danger of spending all my money on brunch and fancy beer.

charmcity (#1,091)

@bgprincipessa LAME. I guess our public transportation system is not great and I can see foreign travelers without a car not wanting to walk everywhere here, but we should at least get a name!

jquick (#3,730)

@Kation Does Balt still gave a murder a day?

lemons! (#384)

Their advice for Chicago is not at all nuanced, but my city is dangerous in a lot of places and it’s fair that France (or any country) would warn their citizens. Actually a lot of people from the area won’t go south of Roosevelt, so France is being pretty adventurous.

Eric18 (#4,486)

Their advice for Chicago is a little broad but sadly somewhat accurate.

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