Paris Update: Most Sites Open, Two Flights Diverted

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Most tourist attractions in Paris have reopened as of Wednesday, November 18, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau

Only the Arc de Triomphe, the Tours de la Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis remain closed. Additionally, tours at the Stade de France are suspended until November 20, and the Crypte archéologique on the square in front of Notre-Dame is closed for renovation work until December 20. Due to a police operation in the town of Saint-Denis, the district of the Basilica is presently closed off to the public.

The Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, Bon marché and Beaugrenelle department stores, among others, will open at their usual times. Major public parks, gardens and theme parks, including the Big wheel - Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées Christmas village, Disneyland Paris, Zoo de Vincennes and Aquarium de Paris are open. 

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SNCF high-speed rail lines and international trains, as well as all Paris metro lines, are running normally, the Paris CVB said. Only the Oberkampf metro station (lines 5 and 9) is closed to the public as a security measure. Riverboat trips on the Seine are also open. 

The information points of the Paris Tourist Office are open at the usual times, with the exception of the Paris Rendez-vous information point at the City Hall, which will reopen on Thursday, November 19.

A statement on the website of the city's two major airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, reminds travelers to expect further delays due to heightened security. Travelers should also expect delays at the Gare du Nord (Eurostar)

Two Air France Flights Diverted

Tuesday night two Air France flights from the U.S. to Paris had to be diverted due to anonymous bomb threats, USA Today reports. Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles was diverted to Salt Lake City, and Air France Flight 55 from Washington / Dulles had to land in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Officials later cleared both planes to fly. 

Keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for the latest travel updates from Paris. 

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