I was warmed by a lot of people that Italy is not safe as there are plenty of pick pockets around. However, the feedback i received for Paris and Switzerland are quite okay. Hence, my friend and myself are extremely alert in Italy and we were safe throughout Italy and Switzerland.
Our last stop for the trip is at Paris where we spent three days there. The first day when we reached, we went straight to Disney and La Vallee outlet mall. We went back to hotel appx 8 by metro and everything was fine.
We went to Basilique du Sacre-coeur in the second day morning. When we reached there, we saw a group of south african look people standing in the stair case but we felt normal as there are plenty of them selling souvenir in Italy. However, when we walked up the steps, the group of people started approaching and surrounding us. We (group of three) ignored them but they managed to block two of us as the stair case is not big enough for us to squeeze through. They were very friendly and put a loop of strings on my figures and start tying it across my wrist band. While they were doing this, they explained this is a blessing in their culture and chit chatting with us. They told us they are from South Africa and told me that they are happy to see us in Paris. At that point, i did understand that i definitely have to fork out some euro for this "blessing" things. Indeed, once he tied the bracelet on my hand, he asked me to pay for this. I forked out some coins and the man was not happy with it. He requested me to pay in paper money. I started arguing with him that i am not going to pay for this. The guy turn fierce and intimate me to take out my wallet.
I was unprepared and intimated by the group of them who is much taller and bigger size than us. I took out Euro 10 and pass to him, the guy asked me to pay Euro 20 for both my friend (another girl) and me. But i do not have extra Euro 10 hence he asked me to give him Eur 50 and he will returned me with the change. At the end, he passed me a Euro 10 and let the two of us go. This work out Euro 20 for one of the stupid bracelet each.
We approached a policemen at Eifeel towel and make a record. The policeman told us just ignore anyone if we ever encountered the same situation again or make a call to Police immediately.
After this, we were approached by a few more people who did the same thing like showing us a bracelet, asking whether we speak english, or even street kids or woman passing us a papers to donate money in other places. We just ignored and walked ahead. Some of them get really insisted and we just said a firm 'no' to them and they stopped.
Here what i would like to say. Do not get intimidated if they approach you and give a firm no to them if they insisted. I noticed that they tend to target on people who are on a smaller group, or young, or small size and tourist. Hope my experience can give you some heads up if this happen to you.
Nevertheless, Paris still a wonderful place for me and i will definitely visit the city again!