Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish holidaymakers in France and Turkey warned to be on their guard

Martin Grant

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts after attending the funeral of a victim of the coup attempt in Istanbul. Photo: Getty
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts after attending the funeral of a victim of the coup attempt in Istanbul. Photo: Getty

Irish holidaymakers travelling to France and Turkey are being urged to take extreme caution following violent incidents in both countries.

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The warning from the Department of Foreign Affairs comes after a fatal terrorist attack in Nice, which killed 84 people, and a failed coup by a section of the Turkish military.

A spokesperson for the department last night said the Irish Embassy in Ankara was "monitoring developments" in Turkey following the thwarted coup on Friday evening.

However, it also urged holidaymakers visiting the troubled country to exercise a "high degree of caution".

"The situation in Ankara and Istanbul, in particular, remains tense, and there is a heightened security presence on the streets in both cities," said the spokesperson.

"There have been incidents of violence and Irish citizens should be extremely vigilant and stay informed of local developments and security advice.

"Terrorist attacks are, by their nature, random and indiscriminate and cannot be predicted in advance.

"You are advised to remain vigilant, particularly in public places that are frequented by foreigners.

"There has been serious disruption to public transport, including international and domestic air travel," it added.

Meanwhile, Irish people are being urged to exercise a "high degree" of caution when travelling to France, which is on a state of high alert following last week's massacre in Nice.

The department said that airlines had shown "flexibility in changing tickets" if customers decided to change their plans.

"Due to ongoing threats to France, the French government has reinforced its security measures and advised the public to exercise a higher level of vigilance," said a spokeswoman.

"We advise all citizens to maintain an awareness of their surroundings, remain vigilant and to follow the security advice issued by the French authorities."

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