Foreign Office urges vigilance at European Christmas markets

Foreign Office urges vigilance at European Christmas markets

British travellers to European cities staging Christmas markets have been urged to remain vigilant this winter.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice to include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Italy.

In each case the FCO says: “There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and new year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds.

“You should be vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.”

The caution follows the US State Department warning of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks across Europe over the festive period.

A Christmas market in Berlin was targeted by terrorists last year, plus a nightclub in Istanbul on new year’s eve.

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