France Implements Border Controls, Declares State of Emergency Following Attacks Killing More than 100
Following a series of attacks in Paris that left over 100 people dead, France announced the reinstatement of border checks. The onslaught included mass hostage taking, explosions, and a shooting rampage.
French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency in a speech on Friday
“The President of the Republic has decided to immediately institute systematic controls at entry points into the country,” the French government said in a statement. “These checks are to be carried out at road crossings, rail, sea, and airports. Airports continue to operate.”
Paris’ two main airports, Orly and Paris Charles de Gaulle (Roissy), said they would continue to remain open.
American Airlines said it was delaying some flights to Paris Friday evening pending clarification of whether arriving passengers could enter the country. “We are holding our remaining departures this evening to Paris,” the airline said in a statement on Twitter.
The airline’s flight attendant union told flight attendants to “remain at their hotel until further advised, maintain a low profile, stay in contact with fellow crewmembers and remain vigilant,” in a message to its members Friday evening. “It is unknown to what degree this will impact flights in and out of Paris.”
Within the capital city, public train service was reportedly shut down and Uber suspended service. Conventional taxis were, however, offering free rides.
(Photo: Accura Media Group)