French advisedto avoid Turkey

21st November 2003, Comments 0 comments

French advised to avoid Turkey

French advised to avoid Turkey

PARIS, Nov 21 (AFP) - France on Friday urged its citizens to postpone non-essential travel to Turkey, following two sets of bomb attacks in less than a week at synagogues and British installations in Istanbul that left a total of 52 dead.

Updating an earlier advisory, deputy foreign ministry spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo said French nationals should delay all non-essential trips to Turkey, especially to Istanbul.

The new recommendation still called on all those who decided to travel to Turkey despite the heightened risk to "show the greatest vigilance throughout their stay."

The ministry noted that the border between Turkey and Iraq remained closed and called on French citizens to take special care when visiting southeastern Turkey, urging them to avoid travelling at night or in isolated areas.

On Thursday, two suicide bombings against the British consulate and the headquarters of British banking giant HSBC killed 27 people and wounded another 450. Last weekend, 25 people were killed in attacks on two Istanbul synagogues.


Subject: French news

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