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article imageFrance warns threat level 'very high' in the United Kingdom

By Michael Krebs     Oct 7, 2010 in World
After Britain issued terror-oriented travel advisories on visits to Continental Europe, and with European and Pakistani officials accusing the US of political manipulation, France issued a warning of its own on travel to the UK.
The threat of international terrorism events across Europe has led to a cascade of travel warnings - beginning with the US recommendation that American travelers remain vigilant when visiting Europe. Now the French government has issued a travel advisory on visits to the United Kingdom, citing a terrorist threat level that is "very high in the United Kingdom."
France made its announcement on Tuesday, moments after French police staged counter-terrorism raids and arrested 12 people.
Meanwhile, Pakistani and European officials have accused the Obama administration of exaggerating the threat for political purposes.
"I will not deny the fact that there may be internal political dynamics, including the forthcoming mid-term American elections. If the Americans have definite information about terrorists and al-Qaida people, we should be provided [with] that and we could go after them ourselves," Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Pakistani high commissioner to Britain told The Guardian.
The French government - in discussing its travel advisory - is wrestling with the issue of the line between sharing information and frightening the general public.
"We don't want to alarm [people] too much," Bernard Valero, spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press. "But also we want to keep a very high level of preparedness on this issue."
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