PARIS — If you’re planning to travel to Paris, the Paris Travel Advisory Committee has a tip: Don’t buy a ticket to the city.
The committee, composed of a retired general and a retired diplomat, issued a travel advisory Thursday advising Parisians to avoid travel to the French capital.
According to the advisory, the city’s history of deadly attacks, high crime rate, high unemployment and political instability, make Paris “an especially attractive target.”
“We urge all travelers to stay away from Paris and the surrounding areas,” it said.
“The French authorities have shown a lack of interest in addressing the security concerns, which may ultimately result in Paris becoming more attractive.”
Paris has experienced several terrorist attacks in recent years, including in January 2015, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd of tourists on the Champs Elysees, killing at least 12 people.
A year later, in July 2017, another man was arrested for the deadly attack, in which at least 14 people were killed and more than 500 wounded.
Paris remains under a state of emergency imposed by the French government after the Paris attacks.
Paris is still considered a target for terrorists because of its historical links to radical Islamist groups, and the city has experienced multiple attacks over the years, from the 2013 Charlie Hebdo massacre to the January 2017 terror attacks on the Stade de France.