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Missing Persons in France

Missing Persons in France

There is a procedure for initiating a police search, but it should be handled by contacting your local police station in the country where you are located. The local police will then contact Interpol to request a search be made for the missing person in France. Interpol will then take the lead.

Inquirers should be aware, however, that the Privacy Act  prevents us from providing information about an individual unless the subject of the inquiry gives his/her permission. If s/he does not give such permission, our only alternative after the individual has been located is to inform him or her that relatives or others are concerned and ask him or her to communicate with them directly.

In an emergency the Embassy or our Consulates will attempt to locate Americans who are believed to be in France and are not in communication with family or friends.