Dangers & Annoyances

France is generally a safe place, despite a rise in crime and terrorism in recent years.

  • Never leave baggage unattended, especially at airports or train stations.
  • At museums and monuments, bags are routinely checked on entry.
  • Sporadic train strikes and striking taxi drivers can disrupt travel.
  • France's hunting season is September to February: if you see signs reading 'chasseurs' or 'chasse gardée' tacked to trees, don't enter the area.
  • In the Alps and Pyrenees, check the day's avalanche report and stick to groomed pistes. Summer thunderstorms can be sudden and violent.
  • On the Atlantic Coast watch for powerful tides and undertows; only swim on beaches with lifeguards.