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New Zealand Government advice for France

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When travelling to France, you should always get travel insurance in case the worst happens. To help you ensure you travel safely, we have included the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for France.

There is some risk to your security in France due to the ongoing threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

Terrorism
France has in the past suffered terrorist attacks and a significant number of terror plots have been disrupted in recent years.  Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq continue to plan attacks against the West and domestic threats also remain.  Some plots are likely to involve foreign fighters returning to France and Europe from conflicts in these countries.  French authorities continue to make arrests of terrorism suspects and have recommended heightened vigilance due to the ongoing risk.

On 8 January a gunman killed one policewoman and injured one other person in the Paris suburb of Montrouge. On 9 January the same gunman took several hostages in a kosher supermarket in the Paris neighbourhood of Porte de Vincennes, killing four of them before he was shot by police.

On 7 January two gunmen attacked a magazine office in Paris. 12 people were killed and others seriously injured. The gunmen were themselves killed following a hostage siege two days later in a small town near Paris.

On Sunday 11 January, a march of solidarity will be held in Paris. New Zealanders in Paris should be aware that French authorities have raised the terrorism threat level for the Paris area to the highest level.  There may be a heightened security presence and security measures in some public places.  New Zealanders in Paris, and elsewhere in France, are advised to take extra care and follow the advice and instructions of French authorities.

Small-scale attacks by a local independence movement occasionally occur in Corsica, and the potential for further attacks there cannot be discounted.  While government buildings are usually the target of these attacks, there is the potential for foreigners to be incidentally harmed.

New Zealanders in France, as in the rest of Europe, are advised to be security-conscious at all times, particularly in public places, and stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media. Previous terrorist incidents have targeted public transport and popular tourist sites and shopping areas.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur frequently in France.  New Zealanders are advised to follow any advice issued by the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they can occasionally turn violent.

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is common in France, particularly in and around major cities and tourist sites, airports and railway stations, hotel lobbies, public areas, and on public transport.  We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and to never leave belongings unattended, even for brief periods.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in France should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in France are encouraged to register their travel details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Street Address 103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France Telephone +33 1 45 01 43 43 Emergency Telephone 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43 Fax +33 1 45 01 43 44 Email embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/france Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1300

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Street Address
103, rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Emergency Telephone: 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43

Fax: +33 1 45 01 43 44

Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/france

Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1300

Telephone: +33 1 45 01 43 43

Emergency Telephone: 24 hours / 7 days phone (in France) 01 45 01 43 43 (from abroad) +33 1 45 01 43 43

Fax: +33 1 45 01 43 44

Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/france