Sunday, November 15, 2015

French soldiers patrol at the Eiffel Tower which remained closed on the
first of three days of national mourning in Paris.
(AP Photo/Peter Dejong,
File)
The city of Paris has been left reeling following a series of terrorist
attacks.

In the wake of these devastating attacks many people are left
wondering - is Paris safe?"The US State Department and the UK Foreign Office
are advising that further attacks are possible."Former FBI Agent and
counterterrorism specialist Don Borelli explained that the threat from Islamic
State is particularly high in France and the rest of Europe due to the large
numbers of supporters within those countries.Related: Paris Air Travel
Proceeds, But Some Cancel Future Visits"We (the US) are in a better situation
than France," he said in a recent interview with The Australian, "but we"re
not immune to it.
So right now we want to be sure that all the intelligence
gathering is firing on all cylinders."In response to the most recent attacks,
French authorities have declared a state of emergency, re-establishing border
controls, implementing a curfew and canceling public events across the
city."Many of the public monuments, tourist attractions and larger retail
sites have also been temporarily shut down as the country observes three days
of official mourning."While airports and train stations remain open, several
of the metro stations close to the attack sites have been closed, and
travelers are being advised to expect delays due to heightened security
measures."Local police are advising those in the city to keep movement around
Paris to a minimum.
Meanwhile, tightened systematic border control checks are
being implemented at all entry points into the country, including road and
rail crossings.For the most recent transport updates, please visit:
ratp.fr""It is very quiet out in the streets," World traveling club Travel was
told by Deborah Ernst, an American tourist currently in Paris.
""There is
a curfew so I imagine everyone is staying in for the night."Related: Travelers
Share Memories and Love for ParisErnst, from New York, is in the city visiting
her daughter who is studying there."I think it is unknown what else may happen
and I think people will be very cautious," she said."For other U.S citizens
currently in the city, there are a few things to note.
The US State Department
released a statement urging people to "maintain a high level of vigilance, be
aware of local events and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal
security, including limiting their movements to essential activity."Follow
@TravelGov on Twitter to receive up to date information and real time updates
on the situation.
Alternatively, contact the U.S.
Embassy in Paris, located at
2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, at +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22 or by email at
Citizeninfo@state.gov.
After-hours emergency number for U.S.
citizens is
+(33)(1) 43-12-22-22.For travelers due to head to Paris in the next couple of
days that are wishing to postpone, several tour companies and airlines are
allowing people to delay their plans, or switch to an alternative destination
for no charge."Flights into and out of France will be subject to delays due to
increased security measures so passengers are recommended to arrive to the
airport in plenty of time."For further information, travel and security
updates American travelers are advised to monitor the State Department Travel
Website and France Country Specific Information."French soldiers patrol at the
Eiffel Tower which remained closed on the first of three days of national
mourning in Paris.
In the wake of these devastating attacks many people are
left wondering - is Paris safe?  The US State Department and the UK Foreign
Office are advising that further attacks are possible.  Former FBI Agent and
counterterrorism specialist Don Borelli explained that the threat from Islamic
State is particularly high in France and the rest of Europe due to the large
numbers of supporters within those countries.
Related: Paris Air Travel
Proceeds, But Some Cancel Future Visits "We (the US) are in a better
situation than France," he said in a recent interview with The Australian,
"but we're not immune to it.
So right now we want to be sure that all the
intelligence gathering is firing on all cylinders." In response to the most
recent attacks, French authorities have declared a state of emergency,
re-establishing border controls, implementing a curfew and canceling public
events across the city.  Many of the public monuments, tourist attractions
and larger retail sites have also been temporarily shut down as the country
observes three days of official mourning.  While airports and train stations
remain open, several of the metro stations close to the attack sites have been
closed, and travelers are being advised to expect delays due to heightened
security measures.  Local police are advising those in the city to keep
movement around Paris to a minimum..For further information, travel and
security updates American travelers are advised to monitor the State
Department Travel Website and France Country Specific Information."French
soldiers patrol at the Eiffel Tower which remained closed on the first of
three days of national mourning in Paris.
In the wake of these devastating
attacks many people are left wondering - is Paris safe?  The US State
Department and the UK Foreign Office are advising that further attacks are
possible.  Former FBI Agent and counterterrorism specialist Don Borelli
explained that the threat from Islamic State is particularly high in France
and the rest of Europe due to the large numbers of supporters within those
countries.
Related: Paris Air Travel Proceeds, But Some Cancel Future Visits
"We (the US) are in a better situation than France," he said in a recent
interview with The Australian, "but we're not immune to it.
So right now
we want to be sure that all the intelligence gathering is firing on all
cylinders." In response to the most recent attacks, French authorities have
declared a state of emergency, re-establishing border controls, implementing a
curfew and canceling public events across the city.  Many of the public
monuments, tourist attractions and larger retail sites have also been
temporarily shut down as the country observes three days of official
mourning.  While airports and train stations remain open, several of the
metro stations close to the attack sites have been closed, and travelers are
being advised to expect delays due to heightened security measures.  Local
police are advising those in the city to keep movement around Paris to a
minimum.

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