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November 13, 2015
Multiple Attacks in Paris, France

Transportation Disruptions are occurring throughout Paris, France after Terrorist Attacks. Sporadic disruptions to public transport lines, including Metro and RER services, will likely continue. High-speed Eurostar trains and international flights continue to operate despite the border closures. Security personnel will likely be hypervigilant; expect an increased number of security operations due to suspicious packages and possible bomb scares, causing sporadic closures of transport hubs. The closure of France's international borders will cause long queues of vehicles to form at major border crossings. The closures are likely a temporary measure during the security operations in Paris, and could be lifted in favor of stringent border controls.

Borders will likely remain closed until security authorities are certain that suspects have been apprehended and/or are unable to flee the country. When crossings reopen, searches of incoming and outgoing vehicles will likely continue to cause extensive delays.

Updated Information
A massive police operation is ongoing following several attacks in Paris, France. As of 0230 CET Nov. 14, the situation remains fluid, and additional incidents remain possible. Major developments include the following:

  *   Gunmen may still be at large; it is unclear if police have apprehended all assailants. Individuals operating in Paris continue to be advised to remain in a secure location.
  *   Hostage Situation: Police stormed the Bataclan theater on Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement at around 0100, killing three suspected assailants and ending the hostage situation. At least 120 fatalities have been confirmed at the venue; however, this number will likely rise.
  *   Stade de France Explosions: Details around explosions that occurred at Stade de France remain largely unknown. Multiple reports indicate suicide bombers caused at least two of the blasts, and that an explosive device was the cause of a third blast.
  *   State of Emergency: President Francois Hollande announced a nationwide state of emergency. This includes the imposition of a curfew that went into effect at 2300 Nov. 13; the duration of these measures remains unknown, and the curfew could be lifted as early as Nov. 14 or 15.
  *   Border Closures: France's international borders are closed. Major road border crossings, such as the Mont Blanc tunnel, are shut in both directions. It was not immediately clear how long the closures will last. High-speed Eurostar rail and international flights appear to be largely unaffected by the measure.
  *   Airspace: French airspace remains open; however, transatlantic flights to France that were scheduled to depart the US late Nov. 13 were held at their points of origin. Operations at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) are continuing; expect delays at CDG and at airports nationwide due to heightened security, including extensive screening measures.
  *   Nov. 14: All grocery stores, schools, universities, museums, and libraries will remain closed.

Expect a heightened security presence - including military - across central Paris, as authorities search for perpetrators and accomplices. Authorities will likely storm the residences and/or hideouts of suspects during their investigations, prompting manhunts, area lockdowns, and transport disruptions. Although the apparent objects of the attacks were soft targets, officials will increase security around all vital installations, including airports, train stations, bus terminals, and nuclear power plants across France.

An initial imposition of a state of emergency can last up to 12 days by French law. The measures give police exceptional legal authority and remove legal barriers to execute searches of private property. In addition, the movement of all civilians, including cargo vehicles, could be restricted.

All potential protest actions have been suspended for Nov. 14 under the state of emergency; however, a significant solidarity movement will likely form regardless, and will likely prompt mass protests and marches as soon as is allowed. While the identity of the assailants remains unknown and no group has claimed responsibility for the incidents, the attacks could also prompt retaliatory acts against Muslim cultural centers, places of worship, or areas with large immigrant communities.

Western European countries will likely respond to the attacks by heightening security, increasing security warning levels, and implementing border controls.

On the night of Nov. 13, a number of coordinated attacks took place in locations across the Ile-de-France region, killing at least 120 people. Three explosions, including at least one alleged suicide bombing, occurred near the Stade de France soccer stadium in the Saint-Denis suburb (banlieu) north of Paris. An unknown number of gunmen also attacked other "soft targets" in the 10th and 11th arrondissements using automatic weapons. The assailants targeted at least three restaurants and the Bataclan Theater, where they took hundreds of concert-goers hostage for more than an hour, killing dozens. French officials believe up to five attackers may have been killed across the city, though others could still be at large; the identities and affiliations of those involved in planning and executing the attacks remain unclear.

Remain in a secure location if operating in central Paris in the early hours of Nov. 14. Consider avoiding large public events until it becomes clear that no further attacks are imminent. Confirm all travel plans and transportation availability through Nov. 15.


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