• Roms waiting for the next ATM victim
    Life in Paris & France,  Money,  Police

    For the Paris Police Dial 17

    When an emergency arises in Paris or you want to report a problem to the police, dial "17". Today a security guard at the Banque de France helped me after an incident at the BNP Paribas Beaumarchais, Bastille. After speaking with the police on the guard's phone, I noticed the number on his screen "17". I will never forget that number and used it about an hour later. By coincidence the same three teenagers who hassled me earlier at the ATM inside the BNP Paribas were leaving the line one metro train the same time as I walked off. I dialed "17".

  • The safe at Societe Generale on Boulevard Haussmann
    Life in Paris & France,  Money

    Your Money in Paris

    Credit Cards and Banking Pay as you go Credit Cards A pay as you go credit card is available through Travelex. “Bob” used the Travelex Passport (.73026 EU to $1 US) and was pleased. “Travelex worked out perfectly. Both security and convenience. I would highly recommend it.” In France there is a central number for all lost or stolen credit cards. Dial: 0892 705 705 Visa card – lost or stolen? Call direct +33 1-303-967-1096 – Await second dial tone 1-800-847-2911 (within the U.S. or Canada) 0800-90-1179 France (certain fees may be incurred) Abroad dial: 001 410 581 99 94 Visa “Get Help Now” Instructions What Rick Steves says about using ATM machines abroad MasterCard lost or stolen?…