No travel restriction, but Pinoys in France urged to exercise vigilance –DFA -
There is no travel restriction yet in France despite Friday's coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that left over a hundred people dead and many more injured, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.
However, Filipinos in France or those who are planning to travel to France in the very near future have been advised to exercise caution and vigilance, the DFA said.
"As long as necessary, Filipinos should stay indoors, avoid unnecessary movement, monitor the news and be guided by announcements from authorities," it said.
The Filipinos were also advised to monitor media and official French government advisories for the latest developments.
French authorities said three coordinated teams of gunmen and suicide bombers carried out the coordinated attacks across Paris that killed 129 people in what President Francois Hollande called an "act of war" by Islamic State.
In the worst carnage, three gunmen systematically killed at least 89 people at a rock concert by an American band at the Bataclan theatre before detonating explosive belts as anti-terrorist commandos launched an assault, officials said.
Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, including a double suicide bombing outside the Stade de France stadium, where Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a soccer international. By Saturday night, 99 people were still in critical condition.
The bloodshed came as France, a founder member of the US-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State, was already on high alert for terrorist attacks, raising questions about how such a complex conspiracy could go undetected.
It was the worst such attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which Islamists killed 191 people.
The DFA said French authorities have opened a special telephone line for families of victims needing assistance 0800 40 60 05.
France-based Filipinos, meanwhile, may contact the Philippine Embassy through its emergency number at 06 20 59 25 15. —with Reuters/KBK, GMA News