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Friday, November 15, 2013

France Warns Tourists Against Visiting North St. Louis

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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The U.S. State Department keeps a list of countries where extreme human-rights abuses, active military conflicts or weather disasters would prevent Americans from vacationing safely.

Turns out, other countries have the same list -- and St. Louis is on it.

The French Foreign Office warns French tourists not to visit North St. Louis.

"Avoid the northern neighborhood between the airport and the town center, but the shuttle from the airport is safe," advises the French governmental website, last updated in April.

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But St. Louis is not alone. The French list offers tips for fifteen cities and the entire state of Florida.

Here are some more warnings for French tourists vacationing in the U.S., translated by Google:

Florida: Attacks against tourists and car, frequent there a few years ago are now rare. For safety's sake, do not stop outside lit areas, especially if someone at the roadside or car, you are prompted to do so. Report their presence at the first station and the police.

Chicago: Avoid the West Side and the south of the city after 59th Street.

Detroit: The center is not recommended after the close of business.

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