Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Paris (France), Security Situation in France

The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens in France to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Europe. European authorities continue to warn of additional attacks on major events, tourist sites, educational institutions, and venues open to the public, including hospitals, restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and the transportation sector. There may be heightened security at notable public venues.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Government of France will be holding the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, May 7, 2017. An increased police presence is anticipated around polling areas.

The French government continues to operate under a state of emergency, extended through July 15, 2017 to cover the French presidential and parliamentary election campaign season.

The state of emergency allows the government to prevent the circulation of individuals and to create zones of protection and security. There are reinforced measures throughout the communes in the Ile de France region. These allow for house arrest of any person whose activities are deemed dangerous, the closure of theaters and meeting places, the surrender of weapons, and the possibility of administrative house searches.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:

http://www.france24.com/en/

http://en.rfi.fr/france/

http://www.thelocal.fr/

The most accurate real-time information on security matters is available from French authorities, who have responsibility for the safety and security of all persons in France.

U.S. citizens may wish to download the Government of France smartphone application, SAIP, which will alert users to terrorist attacks or other exceptional events. The emergency system sends warnings directly to smartphones, and will include a brief description of what is happening and advice on how to react. The app is available in both French and English. You can download the SAIP app for Android from the Google Play Store and the SAIP app for IPhone from the iTunes store.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in France to directly contact concerned family members in the U.S. to advise them of your safety.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council