School trips asked to avoid Paris

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School trip operators were told to avoid Paris and the surrounding area last week if taking groups of British school children to France before November 29.

The FCO told schools planning to take groups to France that they should follow the French Ministry of Education’s advice not to travel in the Ile de France region which includes Paris, though the advice stated that journeys travelling through the Ile-de-France region but not stopping were permitted, and trips to the rest of France were allowed.

The advice followed the events of Friday, November 13, when a number of terrorist attacks took place in Paris resulting in widespread casualties.
ABTA, which has more than 60 members who provide school trips, said that schools were offered the choice of deferring the date of travel, choosing a different destination or opting for a full refund while the advice was in place.