I looked for some of France’s finest (the 32 French policemen on a training program in LA) in the opening shots of the stars’ arrival for the Golden Globe Awards, but didn’t see them – in the camera’s eyes at least: See photos of French police at the www. prefecture-police-paris.interieur.gouv.fr
Paris, you’ll find that the policeman on the beat usually can be very helpful If you ask politely for directions when you’re lost, he/or she will probably be able to get you headed in the right direction.
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La Prefecture de Police is where you normally go to apply for your Carte de Sejour if you will be staying in Paris as a student for a year or longer. La Prefecture de Police is located on Ile de la Cite.
One of the benefits of attending French universities through US college programs is the relative ease with the carte de sejour process. When I attended a program organized by Central College in Pella, Iowa, Central College representatives in Paris took us to the Prefecture as a group. If you come over not speaking a word of French, believe me, this makes the entire experience much less intimidating.
If you have the bad luck to experience a theft i.e. a stolen handbag during your stay, you normally go to the local precinct in the arrondissement where the theft occurred. You’ll need to fill out a declaration and be sure to ask for a copy for insurance claims (if hopefully you’re insurance at home covers theft overseas).