France to tighten bordercontrols after London attacks

8th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 8 (AFP) - The French government said Friday it would tighten border controls, especially its maritime frontier with Britain, in the wake of the deadly bombings in London.

PARIS, July 8 (AFP) - The French government said Friday it would tighten border controls, especially its maritime frontier with Britain, in the wake of the deadly bombings in London.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin took the decision after a meeting with key ministers including Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.

Some 200 members of France's security forces were sent to the region in and around the Channel port of Calais, and French police were also sent to the English port of Dover.

Immediately following the deadly attacks in the British capital on Thursday, France raised its anti-terror alert to red, the second-highest rating.

The security clampdown triggered stepped-up surveillance in rail stations and airports, patrols on high-speed trains including the Eurostar services heading to London and airspace restrictions over certain sensitive areas.

An extra 1,100 soldiers will be deployed by Saturday as part of the Vigipirate plan, Villepin's office said.

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