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The Pentagon on Sunday banned all U.S. Department of Defense personnel from traveling to Paris during their free time, due to security concerns following the terror attacks on Paris on Friday.

A statement released by the U.S. European Command on Monday said that the “prohibition is for unofficial travel to Paris, France, and includes a 50-kilometer radius around the city.”

“This is a precautionary measure to keep our personnel and families safe in light of the recent attacks. This is also an effort to help minimize tourist traffic at the borders in France, and in particularly, in Paris as the French authorities continue their investigation,” the statement read.


The ban is intended to help “minimize tourist traffic at the borders in France, and in particularly, in Paris as the French authorities continue their investigation,” the statement read. Any personnel who need to go to Paris for official business or emergencies must first get approval from an officer, the statement said.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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