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Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

After the horrific attacks on Paris last night, I heard on French radio that a state of emergency had been declared and borders closed.


I wonder how this will affect the border crossings with Switzerland, if at all. Trying to find out more.
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Old 14.11.2015, 12:09
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After the horrific attacks on Paris last night, I heard on French radio that a state of emergency had been declared and borders closed.

I wonder how this will affect the border crossings with Switzerland, if at all. Trying to find out more.
Switzerland has always been difficult to 'get into' ... didn't you notice all those cars parked at the border facing towards Switzerland last time you went out and came back?
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

In Geneva: No border guards in Meyrin. A few random checks in Ferney though.

Make sure to have an ID/Passport with you when crossing.
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

Can follow - only in German:

http://www.20min.ch/ausland/news/sto...renze-11311975
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In Geneva: No border guards in Meyrin. A few random checks in Ferney though.

Make sure to have an ID/Passport with you when crossing.
Same at the smaller crossings in the Saint Julien area. A couple of border guards lurking in the centre of Soral (but there often are, seems to be one of their meeting points), no one at Sezegnin, nor Crache. Expect there's more activity at Bardonnex and the Route St. Julien crossing as they're bigger.
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

MY wife just went to Annecy today . Nothing special during border crossing..... Can't f 'ing believe there is not 100 guards pointing a gun at every car
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

Wonder what will happen in Calais- for the past 6 months, almost all CRS armed police response have been drafted in to Calais to deal with the illegal immigrants- they have probably been called back to Paris- a fact that will be clear to those waiting for an opportunity to cross.
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Can't f 'ing believe there is not 100 guards pointing a gun at every car
Why should there be?
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MY wife just went to Annecy today . Nothing special during border crossing..... Can't f 'ing believe there is not 100 guards pointing a gun at every car
Why, is your wife wearing Burka and driving a tank ?
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

I have been told there was a 1 & 1/2 hour traffic jam coming from France into Bardonnex this morning.
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Old 14.11.2015, 18:37
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Why should there be?
Indeed.
The resources they have can be much better used elsewhere. I don't think the France/Switzerland borders are a big target for terrorists and neither is Switzerland.
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

There wasn't any sign of increased security coming into Switzerland on the motorway crossing at St Louis this afternoon. As is not unusual on a Saturday they had one lane closed and both French and Swiss douaniers on duty, but the queue was only a couple of minutes long.
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Old 15.11.2015, 00:53
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Wonder what will happen in Calais- for the past 6 months, almost all CRS armed police response have been drafted in to Calais to deal with the illegal immigrants- they have probably been called back to Paris- a fact that will be clear to those waiting for an opportunity to cross.
If the borders are closed to most people that implies that there will be additional staff there, not less
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Old 15.11.2015, 00:59
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Why should there be?

Because we have them
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

@McTAVGE, from yesterday's Trib, so in french.

http://www.tdg.ch/geneve/actu-genevo...story/30451164
http://www.tdg.ch/geneve/actu-genevo...story/30451164

As I'd thought, there are possibly slightly more controls being done at the larger border crossings and at the airport, especially for flights coming from France.
But not much difference otherwise.
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

I have a feeling they are just lacking the manpower. At least one of the men arrested in Belgium yesterday is said to have spent Friday in France. Quite possibly he (they?) drove back to Belgium afterwards. No mention in the press, however, if he had to pass through any border controls. Seems Hollande overestimated France's abilities when he said the borders would be closed.

Pathetic response, considering it is highly likely that there are still atttackers on the loose.

The guy next to you at a stoplight in Geneva might just be on his way to buy some more ammo before starting round two in Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, etc... or Geneva itself.

Quite unsettling.

Don't they have more info from Paris' CCTV?
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

I live in CH, less than a km from Divonne. Drove there this morning - not a soul at the frontier and everybody seemed to be going about their usual business. The sizeable street market was in full swing, people were seated on terraces enjoying the autumn sunshine, and all the shops were open. Hard to compare this "normal" scene with the recent horrors of Paris!
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

I confirm this. I cycled up to Divonne this morning, going into France on an untarred crossing point, used by dog-walkers, cyclists and horses. There was no-one there and when I crossed back into Switzerland at Chavannes de Bogis, there wasn't a soul checking on either the Swiss or French side. My watering hole, Charly's was as full as usual on the terrace.
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

No body at either DE border or FR border today or yesterday. (Lorrach, St Louis norAlschwill)
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Re: Will borders with CH be affected after terrorist attacks?

Thinking .. If i was a terrorista or even just a smuggler or something ..

Imagine i wanted to smuggle some super high powered chinese dildos to sell on my adult market stall.. would I really come through a heavily guarded border?

This morning I went for a bike ride and ended up in FR, I didn't even cross at a "border point" . Same on way back into CH.. Through Gex, Divonne and back over the border to Crassier using a nice new bike path that's been built. There was a 30cm sign by the path which said . "..this is a border crossing... if you have anything to declare then you should use the manned crossing instead.."

So basically "closing the borders" means nothing unless there's a big fence and angry alligators.
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