Travel warning for France remains despite easing of tensions

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By Linsey McNeill
04/07/2023
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The Foreign Office is continuing to warn Brits of possible travel disruption following riots in France, even though the situation appears to be calming down.

After several nights of violence in cities including Paris, Nice, Pau, Strasbourg and Marseille, last night was relatively calm , say reports.

However, tensions persist following the fatal shooting by police of a teenager of North African descent.

There were 160 more police arrests yesterday, adding to thousands arrested over the previous six days of riots, during which cars were torched, shop windows were smashed and ransacked and a bus carrying Chinese tourists was attacked in Marseille on Thursday.

The bus windows were smashed, leading to minor injuries among the passengers. It lead to a formal complaint from the China Consulate General in Paris to France and a call France to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens.

In an update to its travel advice on 30 June, the UK Foreign Office said: “Since 27 June, riots have taken place across France. Many have turned violent. Shops, public buildings and parked cars have been targeted.

“There may be disruptions to road travel and local transport provision may be reduced. Some local authorities may impose curfews. Locations and timing of riots are unpredictable.

“You should monitor the media, avoid areas where riots are taking place, check the latest advice with operators when travelling and follow the advice of the authorities.”

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