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    France Ensures 'Highest Level' of Airport Security After EgyptAir Incident

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    Airport security across France has been ensured at the highest level, French Minister of State for Transport Alain Vidalies said Friday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – Vidalies' statement comes a day after EgyptAir flight MS804, en route from the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to the Cairo International Airport, disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea.

    "European and international security inspections indicate that France is at the highest level in terms of safety," Vidalies said in an interview with France Info radio.

    He added that staff inspections at airports in Paris led to refusals to grant access to sensitive areas inside airports "whenever there was some concern, not even suspicion."

    Security in France has been boosted after terror attacks in Paris in November 2015. Following the attacks, the state of emergency was announced in the country. On Thursday, the parliament approved the extension of the emergency state until July 26.

    EgyptAir flight MS804 vanished off the radars in the early hours of Thursday. Countries including Greece, France and Egypt, are involved in the search operations.


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