France wants to add 23 states to 'air black list'

France's interior minister wants to add 23 countries to a list of places whose air travellers face tighter security measures.

France wants to add 23 states to 'air black list'

France's interior minister wants to add 23 countries to a list of places whose air travellers face tighter security measures.

In comments published in Le Figaro newspaper on Wednesday, Brice Hortefeux did not specify which countries he wanted to add to a list that now includes only Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Algeria and Mali.

"We have to expand the list of zones at risk from seven to 30 countries," said Hortefeux, one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's closest allies.

Speaking on French radio on Wednesday, he gave a more vague total of 20-30 countries.

The Interior Ministry was not immediately able to comment on the report or give details on the existing watch-list.

Airlines flying from the listed countries to France will need to report information on their passengers to authorities in advance.

In future, the interior ministry wants travellers' details to be registered when the ticket is booked rather than during check-in, giving security services more time to spot suspicious profiles, the newspaper said.

Hortefeux said on the radio thousands of extra police had already been deployed to airports, and that all travellers heading to the United States were patted down, even if they were not from the countries on the risk list.


Reuters



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