No Go Zones: Chaperone-Matching App Helps Protect Travellers from Assaults in Paris, by Chris Tomlinson.
Parisian public transport company RATP has partnered with a tech firm on a mobile app which allows travellers to match up with others making similar journeys so they can avoid being targeted by criminals on public transit.
The app, called ‘Mon Chaperon’, or My Chaperone, has been available since December 2016 and allows users to meet up with others travelling along the same route.
Fabien Boyaval, the creator of the app, said: “I had this idea after one of my friends was assaulted in the street in Montpellier.”
The partnership comes among rising concern across Europe about the prevalence of No Go Zones, areas of lawlessness where outsiders are afraid to enter.
The situation is so dire that Paris metro drivers have refused to stop at some stations because of safety concerns, including one station that is being used as a Muslim migrant camp.
Random violent attacks were reported to be up to a staggering 777 per day in France.
hat-tip Stephen Neil