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  3. Terrorism
  4. Local laws and customs
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Summary

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Advice current as at 4:00 am 17 Dec 2018.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.

Protests linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement continue across France and further demonstrations are expected on Saturday 15 December. These demonstrations could be widespread and could cause extensive disruption. Recent demonstrations have led to violence and extensive damage to property, in Paris and in other towns and cities across the country. Motorists travelling through France may also experience delays, or blockages caused by demonstrators – you should drive with caution as some protestors will be based on roads and motorways. There are also more localised strikes and forms of protests in other sectors e.g. education, agriculture and transport taking place in France this week. In all cases, you should avoid any demonstrations if at all possible and follow the advice of the local authorities.

If you’re crossing the Channel, check the website of your chosen operator before you set off. In the event of any disruption, information about alternative routes and operators is available via this interactive map.

There remain some migrants around Calais, who may seek to enter the UK illegally. There have been instances of migrants seeking to slow down traffic on approach roads to ports, including by placing obstacles on the Calais Port approach road. If this happens you should keep moving where it’s safe to do so, or stop and call 112 if isn’t safe to proceed (keeping car doors locked).

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in France. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures. Check the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs. See Terrorism

All vehicles, including motorbikes, driving in central Paris, Lyon and Grenoble now need to display a special ‘pollution sticker’. You must display a sticker to drive in central Paris from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday. The requirement to display a sticker can be implemented at any time, depending on pollution levels. Some older vehicles don’t qualify for a sticker at all due to their high emissions; these vehicles can’t be driven in central Paris at all from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday. For more information, and to apply for a sticker, visit the French Ministry of Environment website (in English).

Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year. Most visits are trouble-free. The most common problem reported is pick-pocketing. See Safety and security

If you’re living in or moving to France, visit our Living in France guide in addition to this travel advice.

You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. Some medical costs aren’t covered by the EHIC so you should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See Health

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

The Emergency phone number in France is 112. If you need to contact other emergency services call 15 (medical), 17 (police) or 18 (fire).


 

Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

France
Currency: Euro (EUR)
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Dialling Code: 33
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 81,411,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
French (official language) 99%
English 27%


Capital City(s):
Paris
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Population: 2,234,105 (in 2009-01)
Latitude: 48.8742 Longitude: 2.346954



Largest City: Prefectures in France
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