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Published on : Sunday, November 17, 2013
Officials from three Cleveland suburbs were rather offended when their cities were listed as unsafe destinations and demanded that the French reconsider the advisories. People in Richmond, Va., were shocked to know that their city was included on the list, which also dubbed Baltimore ‘a dangerous city except downtown’. The warnings have, however, been updated.
News that the French Ministry website was warning travellers to steer clear of some U.S. cities has caused outrage and confusion among US officials.
The list, which includes advisories and safety tips for New York, Washington, D.C., and Los
Angeles, also mentioned certain other areas and neighbourhoods. This angered the leaders of three Cleveland suburbs — Cleveland Heights, Euclid and Lakewood, Ohio — who said they were unfairly called out.
“The French government is foolish and doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Cleveland Heights mayor Edward Kelley told Cleveland.com on Thursday. “Our crime is down, and it’s one of the safest cities in Ohio based on FBI crime statistics.”
Euclid Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheila Gibbons also seemed unhappy and
questioned who was responsible for compiling the list.