Extension of State of Emergency

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Extension of State of Emergency

U.S. Embassy Paris, France

 July 22, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in France reminds U.S. citizens that the French government continues to operate under a state of emergency, which has been extended through January 26, 2017.  The state of emergency allows the government to prevent the circulation of individuals and to create zones of protection and security.

Additionally, there are reinforced security measures throughout the country. These allow for house arrest of any person, including those persons returning from Syria and Iraq, whose activities are deemed dangerous the confiscation of weapons, and the possibility of administrative house searches.  Police also have the authority to conduct searches of personal belongings, including luggage.  Foreign citizens with convictions for terrorism will be denied entry into France.  Authorities may close theaters, meeting places, and places of worship. Large gatherings and public demonstrations may be prohibited.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. For up-to-date information on security developments in France, U.S. citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Specific safety concerns should be addressed to French law enforcement authorities who have responsibility for the safety and security of all visitors to France.

The Embassy strongly advises U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations in general, as well as public events not authorized by the French government.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational.  Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city in which they occur.  Demonstrations in one city have the potential to lead to additional protests or disruptions in other locations around the city and country.

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