France will not close borders after terrors attacks

Security on the French side of the border with Belgium has been stepped up.

22 March 2016 14:57

Contrary to earlier reports, France has not made the decision to close its border with Belgium after the terror attacks in Brussels, Le Figaro reports citing the French Foreign Ministry.  

“Another 5 thousand police officers have been deployed as part of the security plan. The border has not been closed,” says a statement released by the French police.

According to Thalys, a French train operator, bus and rail services have been suspended between France and Belgium.

Two explosions were reported to have occurred at two subway stations outside EU institutions and near a neighborhood where emigrants reside.

The Belgian government has officially recognized the attacks which claimed the lives of 23 people acts of terrorism.

The attacks might have been retaliation for a March 18 arrest of Salakh Abdesalam, a man suspected of masterminding terror attacks in Paris.