A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Monday, November 07, 2005

Don't Travel to France

AP: Rioting Threatens France's Tourism Image---

PARIS - The Eiffel Tower. A crisp Chablis savored in a Paris cafe. Rioting. Flames. Shots fired at police. And now, a death.

Violence shaking the suburbs of French cities is threatening the country's carefully cultivated image as one of the world's favored travel destinations.

The list of foreign governments urging tourists to exercise caution in France is growing, with Australia, Austria, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Denmark, Slovakia and the Czech Republic on Monday joining the United States, Russia and Hungary in issuing warnings to avoid riot-hit areas, especially at night. None are advising travelers to avoid France altogether — at least, not yet.