The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revised its travel guidance for British tourists planning to visit France in light of the country’s ongoing civil unrest. This follows the death of a 17-year-old teenager, which has ignited nationwide riots and widespread public outrage.
France has been in the grip of turbulent upheaval for four consecutive nights, as cities across the country bear witness to violent protests in response to the police shooting of Nahel M, a 17-year-old youth of Algerian and Moroccan descent. The incident, which occurred during a traffic stop in a Parisian suburb, was captured on video and quickly went viral on social media, sparking the ongoing civil unrest.
In the face of this ongoing volatility, the UK FCO has advised British holidaymakers to exercise heightened caution if planning to travel to France. Warnings have been issued about possible disruptions and curfews due to the “unpredictable” nature of the riots’ location and timing.
“Since 27 June, riots have taken place across France, many of which have turned violent. Targets have included shops, public buildings, and parked cars. Potential disruptions to road travel and local transport provision may be reduced,” the updated travel advice reads.
France’s Interior Ministry reported on Saturday that more than 1,300 individuals had been apprehended countrywide in response to the unrest. Furthermore, 45,000 police officers have been mobilized nationwide in an attempt to bring the escalating situation under control.
Amid the ongoing crisis, the Elysee Palace announced on Saturday that French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed a scheduled trip to Germany to address the “internal situation” facing the nation. This development further underscores the severity of the current unrest and its impact on France’s international engagements.
The FCO’s travel advice change reflects the UK’s increasing concern for its citizens planning trips to France, urging them to stay informed about the evolving situation and remain vigilant during their stay.