Australia warns citizens to avoid unrest in France

5th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

SYDNEY, April 5, 2006 (AFP) - Australia updated its official French travel advisory Wednesday to warn citizens to avoid areas of the country hit by violent labour protests.

SYDNEY, April 5, 2006 (AFP) - Australia updated its official French travel advisory Wednesday to warn citizens to avoid areas of the country hit by violent labour protests.

The advisory said protests against new youth employment laws had attracted large numbers of protesters in France's major cities.

"Some of these demonstrations have turned violent, with clashes between the police and demonstrators -- there have also been associated acts of vandalism, looting and car burning," the advisory said.

"You should monitor the media and other local information sources for information about further planned demonstrations and avoid relevant areas," it warned.

More than a million protestors have demonstrated against the employment laws, with gangs of youths clashing with riot police who have responded with tear gas.

The advisory says Australians should be "alert to their own security" while in France.

It warns: "There is a high incidence of petty crime, especially bag snatching and pickpocketing, throughout France, particularly on the streets of larger cities such as Paris, Marseille and Nice."

It is the second time Australia has issued a warning about travel to France in recent months. An advisory issued in November asked people to use a high degree of caution while travelling through the country due to violent riots in Paris and elsewhere.

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Subject: French news

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