France warns its citizens not to travel to Yemen [Archives:2005/862/Local News]

July 25 2005

France on Friday strongly warned its citizens against traveling to Yemen, where 39 people died in violent clashes over the past two days, French Foreign Ministry announced Friday.

“At the current situation, travel to Yemen for all reasons is strongly warned against,” said French Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo.

“Our embassy has taken all necessary measures in coordination with the travel agencies to ensure security of the French community, as well as French tourists who would be in Yemen,” she added.

“We closely follow the situation,” said the spokeswoman who wished for a “rapid return to calm.”

A total of 39 people, including four policemen, were killed in violent clashes between Yemeni security forces and rioters protesting at fuel price hikes on Wednesday and Thursday.