DFA issues travel alert for Irish people in France as manhunt for Strasbourg suspect continues
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has urged Irish visitors to “exercise caution” while visiting France this week, following a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg left at the very least three people dead and 12 injured.
The warning comes as French authorities released a warning poster for visitors, describing the suspect as a “dangerous individual” who the general public should not build relationships.
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Officials confirmed that the death toll rose to three, the Paris Prosecutor’s office said.
“The Embassy is monitoring the security incident in Strasbourg. Heightened security measures come in invest the certain area,” the DFA said in a statement.
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“In 2015 and 2016, a genuine amount of terrorist incidents occurred in Paris leading to widespread casualties.
“Irish citizens in France are reminded to exercise a higher amount of caution, to be vigilant in public areas also to follow the instructions of local authorities at fine times.”
The DFA also encouraged Irish citizens to transport their passport using them all the time and to be skeptical of protests, weekend with an increase of than 50 people injured in anti-government protesters in Paris at the.
“Protests continuing throughout France can lead to travel disruptions in a few areas because of road and motorway blockages. Recent demonstrations have resulted in outbreaks of damage and violence to property.
French police walk past flowers and candles which are put into the Rue des Orfevres street in tribute to the victims of the deadly shooting because they patrol in Strasbourg, France, December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
“We recommend you avoid any protests when possible, stay informed of what’s happening around you by monitoring local media, and follow the advice of local authorities.
“Irish citizens in France are reminded they ought to be in possession of a valid type of photographic identification like a passport or passport card all the time.”
Hundreds of security forces have combed eastern France for a 29-year-old man suspected of opening fire near Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market.
Tuesday night’s attack at the Christmas market in Strasbourg killed two different people, left a third brain-dead and injured 12, and was a stark reminder to a nation wounded by previous assaults that terrorism remains a threat, as anti-government protests roil the united states even.
A female cries as she stands in the front flowers and candles at the area Kleber in tribute to the victims of the deadly shooting in Strasbourg, France, December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
The suspect was named as Cherif Chekatt (29), of average build, 1.80m high with a possible beard and a mark on his forehead.
Members of the general public have continued to cover tribute and attend vigils for victims of the attack.
Local French police in have opened an information line at 0 811 000 667.