Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018
The U.S. government has recently issued a warning for American tourists in France to ‘exercise caution’ on account of the threat of extremist attacks after French security services has stated that they had foiled about 20 ISIS plots in 2017.
Gerard Collomb who is the French Interior Minister told a news media agency on Tuesday that France is no longer safe from the threats of extremist attacks.
A day later the State Department had issued an advisory on its official website advising tourists to be extra cautious in the country fearing a spontaneous extremist attack that might be the execution of a well-planned plot.
The warning further added that terrorists might attack with little or no warning aimed at tourist locales, transportation hubs, local government facilities, clubs, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, important sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports and other public spaces.
Since January 2015 France has suffered at least seven Islamic attacks and the deadliest was the coordinated suicide bomb and shooting assault by an ISIS cell on 13th November, 2015 that claimed 130 lives in the French capital.
The pace of such attacks has not relented.
And 20 similar attacks had been thwarted in just a span of 12 months. Other thwarted attacks include a gas bomb plot that was foiled in Paris and an ISIS-inspired cell that was planned to be launched in a shooting attack in the southern French city Nice.
During September 2017, four American college students were attacked with acid at Marseille-Saint Charles train station in the French city of Marseilles. Investigators have mentioned that they do not think that the attack might have been plotted by extremists.
Tourist arrivals to France have declined significantly following the 2015 Paris attacks. But then it had started to recover by 2017.
However Americans seem to be anxious about returning to this country and they account for just 1.9% increase ever since the attacks.