Britain advises travelers to "take extra care" in Paris

2015-01-07 21:44:31 GMT2015-01-08 05:44:31(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LONDON, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- British government on Wednesday advised its nationals to "take extra care" in Paris following a deadly armed attack on the office of a satirical newspaper in the French capital.

The office of Paris Prosecutor of the Republic confirmed at least 12 people were killed on Wednesday in a shooting at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly newspaper, adding four others were seriously wounded in the "terror attack."

In response to the news, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for Paris and urged British nationals to take precautions.

"If you're in Paris or the Ile de France area, take extra care and follow the security advice issued by the French authorities," the FCO's latest travel notice said.

"There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate," it noted.

The French government had warned the public to be "especially vigilant" and reinforced its own domestic and overseas security measures, it added.

The travel advice also warned: "There are large numbers of illegal migrants in and around Calais, who may seek an opportunity to enter the UK illegally."

"Although local police patrols have been reinforced, you should keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic and secure your vehicle when it is left unattended," it advised.

Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year and most visits are trouble-free, according to the travel notice.

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