Paris: The French presidential office said on Saturday it had restored border controls rather than closing them in the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris that left at least 153 people dead.
"President Francois Hollande decided on the immediate restoration of border controls," Xinhua cited the Elysee Palace as saying in a press release issued after an emergency meeting of the council of ministers.
Hollande on Friday night declared a state of emergency across the country and said "the borders were to be closed".
The Elysee said the state of emergency takes effect "immediately across the metropolitan territory and in Corsica" so as to "forbid the movement of people and establish zones of protection and security."
According to the French Foreign Ministry, airports and train stations will remain open, and the service and security will be assured.