France slaps travel warnings on 40 countries

Following the beheading of a French hostage, authorities have expanded to 40 countries the list of places where French visitors should use “utmost vigilance”. Some on the list may surprise you.

France slaps travel warnings on 40 countries
Travel warnings are in place for French citizens in 40 countries now. Photo: AFP

With France carrying out air strikes against Isis in Iraq and one of its nationals beheaded at the hands of jihadists, French authorities have added new countries to a warning list for its citizens.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expanded the list from 31 to 40 countries on Thursday, warning French people to use their “utmost vigilance” if they visit these places.

France is also beefing up security at home in the wake of the beheading of a French hiker Hervé Gourdel in Algeria and in response to calls from Islamic extremists to target “dirty and spiteful” French people.

The jihadists' wrath was prompted by France joining in a US-led international coalition to halt the advance of brutally violent and well-funded Isis militants in Iraq and Syria.

Here are the countries on the warning list:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi  
  • Comoro Islands
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ethiopia
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Uganda
  • Oman
  • Uhzbekistan
  • Pakistan
  • The Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Chad
  • The Palestinian Territories
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Yemen  

Have you been to any of these countries recently? Did you feel unsafe?

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