Well Brad, I originally posted this experience last April when it happened but I think I can recall most of the details.
-The Metro had not been particularly crowded but had gotten off at Motte-Picquet Grenelle to change lines. The platform was crowded which was when I looked down at my purse and saw it unzipped. I had not been aware of anyone crowding me at any time.
-I was not carrying anything else.
-I was not distracted.
-I was not particularly tired and I had been in Paris for several days so was not jet-lagged.
-It was later on a Saturday afternoon and I was headed back to my hotel.
-I know I zipped it when I made a purchase, then headed to Odeon Metro stop.
-Yes, it could have happened in the station as I was getting on or at Motte Picquet when I transferred.
-I don’t have anything expensive either for travel or to leave at home. Timex, Fitbit, Lands End clothes, Altra zero drop athletic shoes, Le Sportsac purse. Typical overweight, senior American female, light packing travel attire, lol!!
**Update: Just completed 12 days in Paris with nary a problem. I added split rings (like for key chains-purchased at Michaels) to my zippers and on the ring on my purse strap to make fastening s-biners to them easier. I sewed a ring inside my purse to snap an s-biner to from the zippered interior pocket where I stashed my money and sewed another loop to the bottom of my purse. I fastened a DryDock coil (thanks Lynn from Boise) to that and added a ring to my OTC pouch so that was connected.
I made sure I stopped to fasten the zippers every single time. There were 2 levels of home-made security for anyone to get thru. I had extra money and cards I didn’t need for the day in my money belt. Things worked great altho I was still on higher alert than I would have been before last Spring.