Call on the French Government to make the Paris metro safe
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It’s time we felt safe on the metro.
I am an English teacher living in Paris, happy to be part of a country that is clearly ready to be a force for good in the world. I love this city but there is something deeply wrong here.
I am writing to you today about the homeless people and drug addicts who work on the metro tirelessly begging for money, sleeping in the stations, and now making people like me feel very unsafe. I used to feel terribly sad, troubled and confused about their situation. I would give coins here and there, but I don't believe it changes anything, and the numbers were insurmountable so eventually I stopped. Like all Parisiens, I learned to turn a blind eye. Until the day I got verbally abused, spat on, and shouted at until I recoiled in a corner hoping he wouldn't hit me. A month later and I’m faced with 2 crack addicts smoking on the train then accosting people for money despite not being able to stand or speak properly. In preparing to fight this I heard other horrific stories of physical and verbal abuse. My experiences are not the exception, they are the rule.
Now it's time for us to speak up and ask why Paris is like this when it’s supposedly a developed city with police, rules and a duty of care to its citizens? What is being done? Are we supposed to put up with this indefinitely? Being accosted 5 or 6 times a day until we break and our humanity disappears just so we can get through the day? I wish I could understand how it has come to this.
Metro stations should not be used as refuges for the homeless, nor crack dens nor a place to intimidate innocent people. Especially when there is a police force and metro staff who could be managing the situation and keeping it a safe place to commute to work and take children to school. The government has a responsibility to help people in need and provide places for them to sleep and get clean if they use drugs, at the moment it’s the citizens of Paris and tourists who are faced with solving this problem by giving a few centimes here and there that realistically change nothing.
Please sign this petition if you love this city but want, need to see a change. I'm sure you will agree that it's not as great as it could be and never will be until this problem is solved.
Call on Emmanuel Macron and his government to do something about this problem and share your stories on twitter #ParisMetroUnsafeStories so we can all see that we are not alone in our fight for a safer Paris.
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