France travel warning: UK updates travel guidance amid widespread riots

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Brits are being warned about travelling to France

The UK has has updated its advice for travellers to France amid widespread rioting across the country

Protests have continued to spread throughout the nation in the wake of the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old delivery driver by a police officer in a suburb of Paris. Baracades have been errected and fireworks aimed at security services in recent days.

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Due to the unrest, the interior minister has ordered a complete shutdown of all public bus and tram services across the country to take effect before sunset on Friday (30 June). More than 800 people have been arrested so far.

Millions of British people visit France every year, with the country a popular summer holiday destination too. Newly updated travel advice warns travellers of potential disruption and cautions them to be aware of the uncertain situation.

A pedestrian looks at an overturned burnt car in the street in Puteaux, west of Paris on June 30, 2023. Picture:  BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty ImagesA pedestrian looks at an overturned burnt car in the street in Puteaux, west of Paris on June 30, 2023. Picture:  BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images
A pedestrian looks at an overturned burnt car in the street in Puteaux, west of Paris on June 30, 2023. Picture: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images | BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images

What does the travel warning say?

It states: “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.

"French authorities have banned a rally by groups opposed to the government in Iran planned for 1 July in Paris, due to concerns about security risks; connected events are reported to still be going ahead, however, including in the suburb of Auvers-sur-Oise. A demonstration by the same group in Paris in June 2018 was the target of an attempted bomb attack. British nationals should reconsider any plans to attend such meetings, and if you do, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and move away quickly from disturbances.

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