Transportation Officials Assess France’s Newly Imposed Border ControlsPosted: November 13, 2015
France’s foreign minister said the country would implement border controls across road, rail, sea and aviation entry points. Airline and rail links would continue to operate, with airports remaining open. France has open borders with many of its European neighbors, though the government’s announcement suggests some checks would be restored. Early Saturday, travel officials were still trying to figure out what the additional security measures would entail, but the steps could include ID checks at borders that previously weren’t required.
A French aviation official said that while airports would be open, enhanced security procedures would go into force.
Most international train and ferry services had already halted for the night.
Eurostar, the operator of high-speed international train service into Paris, said it was working with authorities to understand the implications to how border restrictions might impact service.“At present we are planning to operate a full service and would advise customers to arrive one hour before departure to allow for increased checks by border control,” the train operator said.
Ferry service executives also were seeking clarification of what effect the border restrictions would have on services scheduled to resume as normal in the morning. One executive said…(read more)
—Costas Paris in London and Doug Cameron in Chicago contributed to this article.