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Visiting Paris? Hold on to your purse — and phone

PARIS — Twenty minutes. That’s how long it took, after checking into a charming Latin Quarter hotel, to travel two stops on the nearby Metro — and look down to see my pocketbook unzipped and my wallet gone.

Welcome to Paris. As I momentarily stood in a daze, thinking here I am in Paris with no cash, credit cards, bank card, or driver’s license (fortunately my passport was not taken), several teens and a young girl had zipped out of the Metro, probably turning the loot over to a waiting adult.

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