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France Warns Tourists Against Visiting North St. Louis

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"Welp, no Crown Candy Kitchen for us, ma belle ."
The U.S. State Department keeps a list of countries where extreme human-rights abuses, active military conflicts or weather disasters would prevent Americans from vacationing safely.

Turns out, other countries have the same list -- and St. Louis is on it.

The French Foreign Office warns French tourists not to visit North St. Louis.

"Avoid the northern neighborhood between the airport and the town center, but the shuttle from the airport is safe," advises the French governmental website, last updated in April.

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But St. Louis is not alone. The French list offers tips for fifteen cities and the entire state of Florida.

Here are some more warnings for French tourists vacationing in the U.S., translated by Google:

Florida: Attacks against tourists and car, frequent there a few years ago are now rare. For safety's sake, do not stop outside lit areas, especially if someone at the roadside or car, you are prompted to do so. Report their presence at the first station and the police.

Chicago: Avoid the West Side and the south of the city after 59th Street.

Detroit: The center is not recommended after the close of business.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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128 comments
msanders8718
msanders8718

racist city anyway why would they want to visit there.stop whining about the crime your grand parents helped make stl the racist cesspool it is.i was not born there but lived there 4 years a lot to like about stl and had a lot of fun there but racial climate there is just as bad as the deep south.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Das sooo raciss!  Why dey always tryna keep dablakman down?

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

Are u surprised.Those commies hate us americans..

Stacie Clemons
Stacie Clemons

Lol, why would it be snobby? We warn other Missourians about it!

Phillip Elliott
Phillip Elliott

Maybe if you're local, you at least have a chance of being ok. However, if you are a foreigner, you are an instant target for the locals! That's not fear, that's just smart!

Phillip Elliott
Phillip Elliott

It's not snobby, it's just fact. While they're at it, they should warn them about the East side as well!

Jim Harvatin
Jim Harvatin

Sounds like the French have done their homework good advise !!!!

Richard Bizaillion
Richard Bizaillion

Yea, north or east St Louis probably not a good idea. Why would you wanna go there anyways.

Tami McFarland
Tami McFarland

Shawn... you could honestly tell me you'd walk down the streets of the North StL they're speaking of at night... alone... unarmed.... and unafraid? You must be a ninja.

Tami McFarland
Tami McFarland

Shawn... you could honestly tell me you'd walk down the streets of the North StL they're speaking of at night... alone... unarmed.... and unafraid? You must be a ninja.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Good advice for the French, and people from West County, too. North Country has pockets neither should venture into at night or daylight.  And for any North Saint Louisan that is offended, just remember when you travel to Paris, watch out for the gypsies and pickpockets.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

North side is populated by a vast majority of good people. The problem is that all the fucking assholes are running around selling drugs, buying drugs, or acting like a stupid gangster. Just cause your phone is blowing up because people wanna buy your drugs doesn't make you important, it makes you scum. Just cause you gotta gun doesn't make you a bad ass, it makes you a pussy. And get the hell out of the South Side. We don't want you here. And if I see you with your pants pulled down to your thighs I'm gonna get my nail gun and fasten them for you. Oh, and in case you didn't know here's a fun fact... That trend originated in prison to let other convicts know they were "available". You probably should of gotten an education. Dumbass.

Wallace Sara
Wallace Sara

I have no respect for a man who can't spell and has no life on a Friday nite lmfao that he's on facebook! I wrote this hours ago and I'm entitled to my opinion get a life lol

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

St Louis is a good place, I hav elived other places within the United States, and by far, St Louis is one of the better places to be as far as cities go. Sure there is crime everywhere, and France has the right to notify its people of where not to go, The military warns its personel what is off limits. Looks to me Wallass you're trolling , or just a blithering idiot. If you cannot figure out what tie the French have to St Louis, then you need to look at the History of this region. Lyon in France is the sister city to St Louis, the majority of the original settlers here were French. This area was settled by the French not too many years after Jamestown was settled by the British. A small skirmish during the Revolution was fought here in St Louis. I could go on further, but, I figure you should be intelligent enough to research this information on your own

Hippie Granny
Hippie Granny

Too be fair, they could give everyone a map of every mugging and stranger attack in all of St. Louis. Buyer beware....

Michelle Wease
Michelle Wease

Interesting, I would have told them to stay away from East St. Louis AND North St. Louis

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Nobody should visit misery th place is a shitdump and the people are church assholes

Jason Lockwood
Jason Lockwood

Ive been saying this for year's & year's. and people get mad at me for saying so.The quality of life has to be the same.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

I live here and don't feel safe on the streets...fix the problem or warm everyone...please

Kellie Sage Hurst
Kellie Sage Hurst

Didn't know that North STL has anything to offer but Crown's candy and I'm sure they can find a BLT somewhere else. I don't blame them!

April Berry
April Berry

I don't think anywhere in stl is okay to go. I think they should go ahead & tell tourists to avoid north grand & north Euclid as well..

Rosalind Hagedorn
Rosalind Hagedorn

North st. louis wouldn't be so violent if they had the same education, housing, jobs, self owned businesses and opportunities people in (ie)west county receives. IJS

Tawanda Lock
Tawanda Lock

North County is safer than North City so it just depends on the specific area.

Lena Wheat
Lena Wheat

I lived and worked in north county for about 3 yrs..I also lived in south city for about 2 yrs..I never had a problem other than the occasional crackhead trying to sell me food stamps..my best friend on the other hand, was robbed at gun point on the Landing..

Ross 'Pointy' Wilkins
Ross 'Pointy' Wilkins

yesterday i sold a GPS to a an elderly woman who was scared as hell, not nervous, not cautious but frankly frightened to the point of psychosis. What was she scared of? Getting lost in the city shes spent her entire life in. So naturally I ripped the box open and showed her how to use it. I've lived in the south bronx and i've spent time on the water side in houston, i know the hoods and i know the stigma. It made me happy to give that woman something to instill courage inside her 70 year old heart, because I know that her heart has been made to suffer from the shit area she lives in. I saw it in her eyes.

Margaret Booker
Margaret Booker

Sad. Belfontaine Cemetery is one of the treasures they will miss.

Karen Gagich
Karen Gagich

smart but europeans rarely travel alone so safer in numbers no matter where you are

Beth Schwartz Rodgers
Beth Schwartz Rodgers

I also warn visitors to stay away from North St. Louis. In fact I stay away from North St. Louis! LOL

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Smart. I would hope that someone would warn me about the more dangerous places to not visit while abroad. Could you imagine an unsuspecting tourist wandering through some of the high crime neighborhoods after dark? It is just not safe. People should know the truth.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Why would anyone visit North St. Louis? Not exactly a great tourist attraction.

franklykids
franklykids

@Margaret Booker Better to miss one cemetery than to wind up in another.

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