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November 2, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

From 1 November 2017, new counter-terrorism laws come into effect and give French authorities additional powers to manage the security situation. Exercise a high degree of caution in France, due to the high threat of terrorist attack. The level of our advice has not changed.

Exercise a high degree of caution in France due to the high threat of terrorist attack. Be vigilant. Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor the news and other sources for changes to local conditions.

  • We continue to receive information that terrorists may be planning further attacks in France. An attack could occur at any time. Exercise particular caution around locations known to be possible terrorist targets.
  • There have been several major terrorist attacks in France. Since 2015, over 200 people have been killed and hundreds injured. ISIL has claimed responsibility for some of these attacks. Future attacks are likely.
  • Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your passport. Petty crime, including bag snatching and pickpocketing, is a serious problem in tourist areas and on public transport.
  • Due to scams, exercise caution when booking travel by choosing reputable travel providers. Avoid providing your identity details to unknown sources. Accommodation scams resulting in identity theft have been reported. See Safety and security
  • Demonstrations occur regularly in major cities around France. Avoid protests and public demonstrations.
  • During the summer months, forest fires can occur in France’s Mediterranean coast region. Monitor the media for up-to-date information and follow instructions from local authorities. See Additional information.
  • See Travel smart for general advice for all travellers.

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