In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australian citizens in the city to stay indoors.
While the general safety and security advice for France overall remains “normal”, DFAT recommends people in the Paris area to follow local media and authorities for updates.
The following statement was published on SmartTraveller.gov.au on Saturday morning (AEDT):
“There were violent attacks at several public locations in Paris on 13 November. A large number of deaths and injuries have been reported. French authorities are responding to these events and reportedly dealing with a hostage situation in the Bataclan Concert Hall. French authorities have declared a state of emergency and local police have advised the public in the Ile de France area to avoid going outdoors in coming hours. Australians in Paris should minimise movement in public places, follow the media for latest information on security and follow the instructions of local authorities. Further violent incidents could occur (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in France.”
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters on Saturday that no Australians were currently reported as being killed or injured in the terrorist attacks.
She urged all Australians in Paris to contact the consulate so that they may keep a register of those in the French capital.
DFAT has set up a hotline for citizens in Paris and for family and friends concerned about loved ones in the city. From Australia call 1300 555 135 or from overseas call +61 2 6261 3305