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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Paris (France), Police Action on the Champs Elysees in Paris

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The U.S. Embassy in Paris informs U.S. citizens that there has been a police action on the Champs Elysees in Paris.  One police officer was killed along with the assailant.  Police have locked down the area.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area, heed instructions of local authorities, and monitor local media for updates. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in France to directly contact concerned family members in the U.S. to advise them of your safety.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:

The most accurate real-time information on security matters is available from French authorities, who have responsibility for the safety and security of all persons in France. 

U.S. citizens may wish to download the Government of France smartphone application, SAIP, that will alert users to terrorist attacks or other exceptional events.  The emergency system sends warnings directly to smartphones, and will include a brief description of what is happening and advice on how to react.  The app is available in both French and English.  You can download the SAIP app for Android from the Google Play Store and the SAIP app for IPhone from the iTunes store.

For further information about security in France:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in France, located at 4, Avenue Gabriel, Paris, +33 (1) 43 12 22 22, 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +33 (1) 43 12 22 22.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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