France widens vigilance alert to 40 countries

Paris said Thursday it had widened its vigilance alert for nationals abroad from 31 to 40 countries including Asian nations, after a French hostage was beheaded in Algeria by jihadists linked to the Islamic State group.

Paris: Paris said Thursday it had widened its vigilance alert for nationals abroad from 31 to 40 countries including Asian nations, after a French hostage was beheaded in Algeria by jihadists linked to the Islamic State group.

"We have extended the call (for vigilance) to some 10 more countries," Didier Le Bret, head of the foreign ministry`s crisis centre, told AFP, adding Muslim countries in Asia were now included.

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