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Strip bars to fires: Travel warnings about France

The safety warnings foreign governments issue to their citizens when visiting France can appear to be excessively alarming. Although we don't want to be scaremongers, here are a few of the most severe from governments around the world.

Strip bars to fires: Travel warnings about France
From strip joints to forest fires - what foreign countries warn about visiting France. Photo: AFP

After the United Kingdom upped the security warning for its residents heading across the Channel for a visit, noting the 'high threat of terrorism', The Local France decided to take a look at what other countries are telling their citizens about France.

While the UK's assessment may be in line with France's own decision to beef up security due to a terror threat from Islamist extremists, there are plenty of warnings out there from other foreign governments that could certainly be deemed excessive.

Grouped together they make France sound like it's overrun with marauding bands of violent thieves, armed separatists with an urge to spill blood and a natural disaster waiting to happen.

We gathered direct quotations from the websites of various foreign governments of the "dangers" of visiting France.

They might make you laugh, shake your head in disbelief or encourage you to be a lot more careful the next time you visit.

Strip joints to forest fires: What countries warn about visiting France

 

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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