France says US travel alert 'in line with our own advice'
France said on Sunday that the US State Department's warnings on travelling to Europe because of "the potential for terrorist attacks" are in line with its recommendations to its own population.
"We have noted the vigilance recommendations announced by the United States for Americans travelling in Europe, which are in line with the general recommendations we ourselves make to the French population," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a statement.
The US State Department on Sunday alerted "US citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe... current information suggests that Al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks."
The alert urged US citizens to take precautions in public places and transportation systems amid reports of a planned Al-Qaeda commando strike on European cities similar to the deadly raids on Mumbai in 2008.
"The terrorist threat in France remains high, the alert level is unchanged at level red," Valero said. "Dialogue and intelligence exchanges with our main partners in the fight against terrorism are regular.
"Indications from the American authorities, particularly concerning the terrorist threat in Europe, are of course analysed, cross-referenced and if necessary taken into account in our national threat assessment, which is always drawn from a number of elements," Valero said.
French authorities have been on the alert for several weeks, with bomb scares briefly shutting down the Eiffel Tower and train stations.
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