>>1138612 Pickpockets, dirtiness and grumpy Parisians aside, no. Just avoid poor areas (and there aren't that many anymore) and/or overcrowded/overestimated touristic areas (such as Champs Elysees) and it's fine.
Most French have a ridiculous degree in English. The level of English of parisian people is not representative of the country (parisian usually speak better english). They don't refuse to use it though. In a party, you'll see that most people will try to speak English with you even if you speak a good French. They may make a reflexion on your level of English mostly to tease you. They are very tolerant to foreigners if they don't speak well. However, they are not for a French person who make a lot of grammar/syntax errors.
>>1138612 No. Memes about it are overhyped and seem to be made either by travel newbs or bitter provincial French. Granted there are other nice parts of France. But still, Paris is pretty cool and its hassles are no more different than other large cities.
I am American. I had a high school French teacher who is from rural France. A friend of mine wants to visit Paris. Is it appropriate of me to ask him for tourist attraction recommendations, interesting things to do in Paris and ways to avoid being ripped off as a tourist?
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