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London travel advice: Paris flights, Eurostar trains and Channel Tunnel

PUBLISHED: 01:16 14 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:27 14 November 2015

Police officers secure a street outside the Stade de France stadium (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Police officers secure a street outside the Stade de France stadium (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Following multiple terrorist attacks in Paris, this is advice for people who are either in France or who have friends or family on the continent.

(ARTICLE UPDATED 9.40AM, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14 DECEMBER)

FLIGHTS, FERRIES AND TRAINS OPERATING NORMALLY AFTER PARIS ATTACKS

By Press Association Reporter

Security has been stepped up in Paris in the wake of the attacks, with Britons there advised by the Foreign Office to “exercise caution in public places”.

But flights, ferries and trains were running as normal.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, French president Francois Hollande said borders would be closed. However, officials said later that extra checks were being introduced but borders would remain open.

Train services were running to Paris from London St Pancras but there were reports that many seats were empty.

Eurostar passengers who had booked to travel to the French capital today but decided not to were being offered a free exchange.

Eurotunnel services for cars and lorries from Folkestone to Calais were also running to schedule.

Easyjet said it was operating its flights to Paris as normal but anyone travelling in the next 48 hours could cancel and get a refund.

In Paris the Metro lines 3,5,8,9 and 11 were closed and as were bus services crossing the 10th and 11th arrondissements, where some of the attacks took place.

Tourists planning to go to Disneyland Paris were also being warned that the attraction was closed for the day in the wake of the attacks.

A statement on the attraction’s website said: “In light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks, Disneyland Paris has decided not to open its theme parks on Saturday 14 November.”

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Flights, trains and ferries are operating to France. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, French president Francois Hollande said borders would be closed. However, officials said later that extra checks were being introduced but borders would remain open.

This is the latest news and information from the UK Foreign Office for people travelling to and from Paris / France.

Eurostar

Eurostar is running services.

Train services are running to Paris from London St Pancras but there are reports that many seats were empty this morning.

Eurostar passengers who have booked to travel to the French capital today but have decided not to have been offered a free exchange.

The company’s Twitter account is replying to some queries, you can tweet it here @EurostarUK

Friends or relatives in Paris: UK Foreign Office phone number

If you, your friends or relatives are in Paris, the UK Foreign Office has issued this number:

020 7008 1500

Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel services for cars and lorries from Folkestone to Calais are also running to schedule.

Flights to and from Paris

You can follow the latest advice from airports here and their Twitter accounts will have information.

Easyjet said it was operating its flights to Paris as normal but anyone travelling in the next 48 hours could cancel and get a refund.

Heathrow

City Airport

Stansted

Gatwick


#PorteOuverte

People are using the hashtag #PorteOuverte to help people stranded in Paris find accommodation / help.

Facebook: mark you or someone you know as ‘safe’

Facebook is using its feature ‘mark as safe’ so people can let relatives and friends know they’re okay.

More information on how to do it here.


Disneyland Paris closed

Tourists planning to go to Disneyland Paris are warned that the attraction is closed for the day in the wake of the attacks.

A statement on the attraction’s website said: “In light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks, Disneyland Paris has decided not to open its theme parks on Saturday 14 November.”

French president Francois Hollande said he was closing the country’s borders last night and declaring a state of emergency after at least 120 people were killed inside a Paris theatre as hostages were taken following a series of terror attacks across the French capital.

Security forces launched an assault on the Bataclan concert hall and killed at least two of the attackers.

One official described “carnage” inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages.

At least six attacks were reported across Paris, including two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France stadium, where the national football side was playing a friendly match against Germany.

Officials said shots were also fired in at least two restaurants, with 11 people killed in the 10th arrondissement.

A Paris city hall spokesman said the latest death toll was at least 140 people, according to reports.

Witnesses of the attack at the Bataclan described the scene as “carnage” with “blood everywhere”.

Marc Coupris, 57, who had travelled to Paris to watch the concert, told the Guardian: “It was carnage. It looked like a battlefield, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere.

He added: “Eventually, when a few gendarmes came in slowly we began to look up and there was blood absolutely everywhere. The police told us to run.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “shocked” by the attacks and the UK “will do whatever we can to help.”

The Foreign Office said it was in “close touch” with the French authorities and it was “urgently investigating” whether there were any British victims.

The attacks come after the Charlie Hebdo atrocity, which took place in January and saw 12 people killed after gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical magazine.

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