Things have changed. I planned to do a lot of field recording whilst in Paris in September. Now, as a result of the recent past in Paris, toting a shotgun mic in a pistol grip seems like risking business. Paris is currently in a state of high alert and will remain that way until at least October 31st.
Recently Brussels and Munich and the SNCF line from Brussels to Paris have also experienced terror-related issues. I will be visiting all of these places. Germany will be in the midst of municipal elections which is predicted to see a rise of right wing nationalist and anti-immigration presence.