U.S. Embassy in Paris – Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The United States Embassy in Paris, France has issued the following security message for U.S. Citizens.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nice Terrorist Attack

In the wake of the July 14, 2016 terrorist attack in Nice and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe detailed in the Department’s Worldwide Caution and Europe Travel Alert, we strongly urge U.S. citizens in France to maintain a high level of vigilance, exercise caution at large gatherings, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks in Europe will continue as European members of ISIL (Da’esh) return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat in Europe from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.

We urge U.S. citizens in Nice to contact family members and loved ones to notify them that you are safe, and to monitor local press for updates and guidance from local authorities.

Experience shows that being in large crowds, either indoors or outdoors, may increase your risk. While the Government of France is not specifically restricting public gatherings, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational, or can be seen as targets by terrorists. Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations

The French government continues to operate under a state of emergency, which has been extended in the wake of the Nice attack. The state of emergency allows the government to prevent the circulation of individuals and to create zones of protection and security. There are reinforced security measures throughout France. 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 should exercise vigilance in public transportation systems, high-profile sporting events and concerts, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. 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 U.S. Embassy in Paris and the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille remain open during normal business hours.

Airports and train stations remain open, however travelers may expect delays due to heightened security measures. We encourage travelers to contact transport companies for the latest information and to arrive at airports and train stations early.