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US again urges caution for Americans in France

Published on 28/03/2006

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2006 (AFP) - The US government warned its citizens Monday to be cautious while visiting large French cities due to protests that have sometimes turned violent against a youth jobs contract.

“This Public Announcement is issued to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns in France,” the US State Department said in a statement.

“Demonstrations, sometimes involving violence, have occurred and continue to occur in Paris and other large cities in France in opposition to a new law concerning employment contracts for young workers,” the department said.

“Recent demonstrations have occurred at times in areas frequented by tourists. Some of the demonstrations may be announced, while others may be spontaneous. Police have responded by using tear gas,” it said.

“US Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings,” the advisory said.

“The Department of State advises US citizens traveling or residing in France to avoid areas where crowds are expected to gather, to exercise caution, particularly during evening and nighttime hours, and to closely follow media reports.

France was bracing for strikes and more demonstrations Tuesday against Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin’s contested youth jobs contract.

The US State Department issued a similar warning in November following riots in the suburbs of Paris.

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Subject: French news