03 April 2006

Travel to France could be hampered by protests, says U.S. Department of State

From: U.S. Department of State
March 27, 2006
Public Announcement (not listed as "travel warning")

This Public Announcement is issued to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns in France. 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. This Public Announcement will expire on April 30, 2006.

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. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

The Department of State advises U.S. 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.

Travelers in France who need assistance can contact the U.S. Embassy at tel. 33-1-43-12-22-22 or (in France) 01-43-12-22-22; fax 33-1-42-61-61-40, or by email at: citizeninfo@state.gov. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Paris is located at 2 Rue St. Florentin, 75001 Paris (Place de La Concorde, Metro Stop Concorde). Further information can be obtained at the U.S. Embassy's web site at http://france.usembassy.gov/.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov/, where the current Worldwide Cautions, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747.


At 12/4/06 21:34, Blogger Tex said...

Hello. I've copied below a scenario: "Paris Ramadan 2006". It's a future history scenario under discussion at a history-and-current-events blog, Belmont Club.

Most of the blog contributors are in the US. You're on-the-ground in France, and better informed. So if you have thoughts on plausibility, or the outcome of such a scenario, I invite you to respond here, or you may register to post at Belmont Club, too:


Thank you.


re: "the enervation of the western world"

Mark Steyn:

"A big chunk of Western civilization, consciously or otherwise, has given the impression that it’s dying to surrender to somebody, anybody. Reasonably enough, Islam figures: Hey, why not us?"

Yes, why not? What's to stop them?

(I don't view most Muslims as antagonists, by the way. I think most are good citizens: only a small minority really wants trouble. Unfortunately it's a barbarous, deadly minority.)

Some people view acts of Muslim opportunism as the unreasoned grasping of barbarians. To my mind these people hold a false belief: that barbarians are incapable of reason. But barbarians can reason, and effectively; certainly in the political realm. Most of the people on Earth live even now under regimes that are at heart barbaric, when you think about it. Define "barbarism" as "cruelty" and by that definition whole continents are still politically barbaric, yes?

Barbarity works, if only for the most barbarous.

And what of Europe? I'm thinking of France foremost: 10% Muslim, 60% Muslim in the prisons. French Muslims have already tested their street-power. They know now how to win concessions. What more can they win?


I'm imagining Ramadan 2006 in Paris, with the juvenile two of France's six million Muslims converged upon the city.

5 AM. First prayers. And then -- flash mob. Half a million in the streets. Shadow knots of young toughs bullying past shocked guards -- knocking the enervated men aside -- to race into city offices, public utilities, corporate headquarters, museums, university research centers. 200 men barricaded in Ecole Polytechnique. 400 in France Telecom. In Musée d'Orsay 800 men -- ten of whom are gathered before a trio of Muslim girls, videotaping.

Al-Jazeera will play the video endlessly. A single frame will one day illustrate the Encyclopaedia Britannica entry for the day's events.

The video frame captures the girls at sunrise: three black chadors stark against the dappled pastels of Monet's water lilies.

"The New Graces"


Of course, all the kids claim to have bombs.

300 do.

What happens?


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