U of M students, Minnesotans in Paris advised to remain vigilant in wake of terror attacks

All eight University of Minnesota students in Paris at the time of the terrorist attacks Friday night have been located and are safe, university officials confirmed.

Two graduate students from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and one undergraduate student from the University of Minnesota-Duluth are currently studying abroad in Paris. The other five students are studying abroad in a different city in France and were visiting Paris when the attacks occurred.

French authorities declared a state of emergency in Paris following the attacks; however airports and train stations remain open, according to the U.S. Department of State.

While other Minnesotans in Paris contemplate their next move, the United States embassy in Paris issued a security message for all U.S. citizens in the city on Saturday morning, advising them to “maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security, including limiting their movements to essential activity.”

Anyone who wants to check the status of a U.S. citizen in Paris can call 1-888-407-4747 or email ParisEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

Facebook has also implemented the Facebook Safety Check for people in Paris to let loved ones back home know they are safe.


Memorial March 


The Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St. Paul is holding a memorial march for Paris on Sunday, Nov. 15. The march will begin at the AFMSP office at 113 North 1st Street in Minneapolis and travel along Hennepin Avenue to the Basilica of St. Mary, where a service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

More information: http://afmsp.org/