The French Government estimates that there are 20,000 prostitutes working across the entire country. Between 5,000 to 8,000 prostitutes work in Paris, and an estimated 600 street prostitutes work in the city of Lyon.
A parliamentary report released in 2011 stated that 80 percent of the sex workers in France were victims of human trafficking, and that 90 of the prostitutes were foreign women.
In 2002, there were an estimated 15,000 prostitutes working in France.
Source: Angelique Chrisafis, “How prostitution became France’s hottest social issue,” Guardian, September 24, 2012.
Source of 2002 figure: John Lichfield, “Foreign prostitutes flood into France,” Independent,July 14, 2002.
A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.
Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.
In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.
Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.
Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.
Source: AFP, “Cocaine use in Swiss cities among highest in Europe: report,” Google News, August 6, 2012.
In 2011, police seized 8.9 million counterfeit goods items in France. Half of the products that were seized within the country was luxury goods items, such as clothes, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Louis Vuitton products were the most counterfeited items seized by authorities in France.
France losses up to $8.5 Billion a year to counterfeit goods.
Source: AAP,”French luxury brands fight back against fakes,” News.com.au, May 30, 2012.
Up to 4,000 football players from Africa are believed to have been trafficked from Africa to France, according to a report by Sky News. An average of 20 African footballers are trafficked to France each week, with up to 2,000 being sent to Paris.
One licensed FIFA agent was caught selling football players in Cameroon for $40,000 (25,000 British Pounds).
Source: Ashley Hammond, “Activist: Greater awareness can curb player trafficking,” Gulf News, April 23, 2012.
Between 2009 and 2011, the French agency that administers the three strikes law in France against music piracy sent out 822,000 emails to people suspected of illegally downloading music. The agency then sent 68,000 second warnings by mail to uses who were continuing piracy. Out of the second warning letters, 165 cases were forwarded and counted as the third strike, where courts are now able to impose a $2,600 (2,000 Euros) fine and suspend the users Internet connection for a month.
A study by two universities in the United States found that the three strikes policy lead to an increase of $5 Million (3.8 Million Euros) in sales for Apple’s iTunes in France during the period. The researchers reported that sales of commonly pirated genres such as hip-hop rose after the policy was put in effect, while sales of less pirated music such as Christian and classical music remained the same.
The agency in Franc that administers the policy, Hadopi, employs 70 people and has an annual budget of $92 Million (70 Million Euros).
Source: Eric Pfanner, “Copyright Cheats Face the Music in France,” New York Times, February 19, 2012.
An article in the Guardian reported that the average age of a woman prostitute working in Paris, France was 40 years old. The women generally work independently and own their own studios and pay taxes.
There are an estimated 20,00 women working as prostitutes in all of France.
Source: Kim Willsher, “Scandal-weary France to vote on outlawing prostitution,” Guardian, December 3, 2011.
99 percent of prostitution clients in France are men. Previously, it was reported that 41 percent of male prostitution customers were married.
There are an estimated 20,000 prostitutes working within the country, with 80 percent of the prostitutes women.
Source: AFP, “French lawmakers move to outlaw prostitution,” Expatica, November 30, 2011.
In the French port cities of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, Custom officers seized 82,000 liters of illegal spirits from bootleggers in August 2011. The number of seized bottles in the one month was equal to three months seizures in 2010. The potential lost tax revenue wold have been about $1.4 Million (1 Million Euros).
The alcohol was being smuggled to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Source: “France-UK alcohol smuggling surges,” Connextion, August 24, 2011.
41 percent of male customers of the French prostitution industry are married.
57 percent have children.
Source: Angelique Chrisafis, “France may make it illegal to pay for sex,” Guardian, April 13, 2011.
Between 5 to 10 percent of all spare auto parts in France are counterfeit.
Source: AFP, “French agents in endless hunt for counterfeits,” Independent, June 14, 2011.