Gov’t not raising travel alert advisory for France


TAIPEI, Taiwan — A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday that Taiwan was monitoring the level of terrorist threat in France but had not yet decided to raise its travel alert for that country.

According to a report by Agence France-Presse, the United States was expected to issue a new travel advisory later in the day for Americans traveling in Europe after a new warning by Western intelligence agencies that an Al-Qaeda attack might be imminent.

MOFA spokesman James Chang said the ministry was closely monitoring the situation and would issue a warning should it become necessary.

France has evacuated people from scenic spots and important transport facilities three times since Sept. 17 after receiving information about potential terrorist attacks.

Staff of French nuclear company AREVA also were kidnapped in Niger on Sept. 17 by al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic Maghreb terrorists, prompting the French government to heighten its anti-terrorism precautions.

As of yesterday, Taiwan ranked France in the category of “gray light” travel alert, the lowest of a four-level travel warning system used by MOFA.