UPDATE: France open to British travellers despite terror threat

France remains open to British travellers, despite earlier statements by French President Francois Hollande that the country would close its borders in the wake of a terrorist attack that left more than 140 people dead in Paris overnight. 

Spectators gather on the Stade de France pitch following suicide attacks outside the stadium last night.
Spectators gather on the Stade de France pitch following suicide attacks outside the stadium last night.

The latest Foreign Office advice is for Britons to “exercise caution in public places” in Paris and other major French cities.

“There have been a number shooting incidents in central Paris (10th/11th arrondissements) resulting in a number of casualties,” the FCO said in a statement.

“There have been a number of explosions near to the Stade de France stadium, also resulting in casualties.

“You are advised to exercise caution in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities. French Government advice is to stay indoors.”

Eurostar Cross-Channel services remain as scheduled today, as do ferry services from Dover to Calais and other French ports.

Paris’ main international gateways, Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, also remain open to all flights.

The Foreign Office said UK residents concerned about the safety of friends or relatives in Paris should call the office’s main switchboard number 0207 0081500 for assistance.

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