The U.S. Embassy in Paris informs U.S. citizens that a
terrorist attack took place at approximately 10 AM today at a U.S.-owned factory
in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, Isere, France, southeast of Lyon, at a large
industrial park. One person was killed and two others were reported injured.
None of the deceased or injured was a U.S. citizen. The motivation for the
attack is unknown, and one suspect is in French government custody.
The Government of France maintains a threat rating system,
known locally as “Vigipirate,” similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security Advisory System. Following the January 2015 terrorist attacks, the
Government of France raised the “Vigipirate” level and continues to evaluate its security
posture on a regular basis. Up-to-date information is available on the “Vigipirate” website in French.
Under this system, the government routinely augments police
with armed forces and increases visibility at airports, train and metro
stations, and other high-profile locations such as schools, major tourist
attractions, and government installations. Over the last few years, there have
been arrests of suspected militant extremists allegedly involved in terrorist
plots. French authorities have spoken publicly about the heightened threat
conditions for terrorist attacks in Europe.
U.S. citizens in France are encouraged to remain vigilant.
Immediately report unattended packages observed in public places, or any other
suspicious activities, to French law enforcement authorities. French authorities
are proactive and will respond immediately. If there is a security incident or
suspicious package, do not linger in the area to observe.
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