Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France (September 6, 2023)
Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Paris, France
(September 6, 2023)
Location: Throughout France
Event: France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup September 8 to October 28 at various locations across the country. Approximately 2.5 million tickets have been sold for the event’s 48 matches and more than 600,000 international visitors are expected to travel to France. The U.S. Mission in France encourages U.S. citizens traveling in France to review the Country Specific Information for France, which is a source of information for visitors and residents alike.
Protests, demonstrations, and strikes occur frequently across France and can affect public transportation. Some organizations have expressed plans to protest during the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Travelers should avoid demonstrations and areas of significant police activity, exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, and depart immediately if demonstrators are clashing with police or destroying property. In addition, incidents such as pickpocketing and phone snatchings occur frequently and can happen anywhere, especially in crowded areas. Easily identifiable rental cars and vacation rentals may be targeted by criminals.
French authorities actively monitor terrorist threats from organized groups and radicalized individuals. Attacks may happen with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, major sporting and cultural events, and other public areas that attract large numbers of civilians.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid the areas of the demonstrations
- Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
- Monitor local media for updates
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Keep a low profile
- Notify friends and family of your safety
U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates