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Cablegate: Country Clearance: France Visit of Doe, Glaser

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111603Z Oct 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 PARIS 006975

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/WE
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOR BETH LORATTO, FOSSIL ENERGY, FAX
NUMBER 301-903-4106 OR ELIZABETH.LORATTO@HQ.DOE.GOV

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TPHY ENRG TRGY KSCA OTRA UK FR
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE: FRANCE VISIT OF DOE, GLASER
PLUS THREE, OCTOBER 17 - 25, 2005

REF: STATE 187214

1. Country Clearance is provided for following employees of
Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, to travel to
Nancy, France, October 17 - 25, 2005:

FRED M. GLASER
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF ADVANCED RESEARCH

BERNARD S. COVINO
RESEARCH CHEMIST
NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

IAN G. WRIGHT,
DISTINGUISHED STAFF MEMBER
UT-BATTELLE, LLC - CONTRACTOR
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

BIMAL K. KAD
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER/ASSOCIATE RESEARCH PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO - CONTRACTOR
OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Travelers will attend a meeting of the organizing committee
for the Seventh Les-Embiez Conference on High-Temperature
Corrosion and Protection of Alloys and Coatings.

Please be aware that check-in time for hotels in France is
officially 3:00 pm. If you require a room to be ready
earlier you will have to pay lodging for the night before
arrival and your travel orders should reflect this
requirement. Concerning luggage, as a convenience, hotels
may allow travelers to leave their personal luggage at their
hotel prior to 3:00 pm on the day of check-in. If travelers
cannot pay an additional day for an early check-in, it is up
to the traveler to negotiate with the hotel to leave baggage
prior to check-in.

2. Control Officer for the visit is Science Counselor
Robert Dry who can be reached by e-mail at Dryrw@State.gov,
by phone at 33-143-12-2550 or by FAX at 33-143-12-2941. He
can also be reached at home via the Embassy switchboard at
01-43-12-22-22.

3. Upon arrival in France, please contact your Control
Officer to provide updated contact information. Your control
officer can provide information about any special security
concerns/considerations for France. In the event of a crisis
or serious international incident involving the United
States, you must immediately contact your Control Officer.

4. Mission Media Policy:

In accordance with Embassy Paris media policy, visitors from
all agencies should coordinate all media events, including
press interviews or statements, with the Embassy press
officer.

5. Embassy wishes to remind visitors that visas are
required for holders of U.S. diplomatic or official
passports on official business in France.

6. Action request: Each visitor must bring a copy of
his/her travel orders (or forward fiscal data) to cover
costs of visit. Each agency, organization, or visiting
delegation will be charged for the actual costs attributed
to their visit. These costs include, but are not limited
to, American and FSN overtime, field travel by Embassy
employees, vehicle rentals, long distance telephone calls,
equipment rentals, representational events and all other
costs that are directly attributable to the visit. Airport
pickup is not provided for employees at the rank under
Assistant Secretary. Visitors should take taxi, Air France
bus, or rapid train service (RER) from airport.

7. Following is current security information for France:

(A) Terrorism: The current security situation remains
fluid, and American citizens should be aware of the
potential risks and to take these into consideration when
making travel plans. Visitors should maintain a low
profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and
treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with
suspicion. Additionally, in response to acts of terrorism
within France, the French Government has continued its
terrorism awareness posture, the "Plan Vigipirate." This
plan calls for increased vigilance on the part of the
general public, particularly in crowded public places which
could be attractive targets for terrorists. French security
services are also continuing to conduct identity checks and
vehicular searches of the general public. All visitors to
France are encouraged to assess their security posture,
exercise prudent security practices, and report any
suspicious incidents to the regional Security Office,
Embassy Extension 2132.

(B) Crime: As with many large metropolitan cities, street
crime in a problem. The two major problems in this regard
are pick pocketing and thefts of opportunity. Tourist
attractions, the public transportation system (both metro
and RER), and some of the better-known hotels are considered
to be main target areas. Robbers have been known to use
tear gas-type spray either prior to the robbery or to divert
the victim's attention or following the attack to prevent
pursuit. A good strategy is to secure valuables in hotel
facilities and carry only a minimal amount of money/credit
cards on the street. Criminals have been known to enter
hotel rooms to steal money, credit cards, etc. They have
also been known to approach a room even if the occupant is
present; visitors are urged to exercise caution when
admitting unknown persons into hotel rooms. Hotel occupants
should directly hand room keys to hotel personnel when
departing because thieves are known to pick up unattended
keys from hotel counter tops. While the threat of criminal
activity is somewhat reduced in outlying cities, caution is
still recommended. All crimes or untoward incidents should
be reported to the Regional Security Office.

(C) Electronic devices: Privately-owned laptops and personal
computers are prohibited in controlled access areas (CAAs)
of the Mission and consulates. Travelers with USG
unclassified and classified laptop or notebook computers

SIPDIS
should review '95 State 244394 (classified machines) and '95
State 243825 (unclassified machines) and notify the
Information Management Office (IMO) before bringing these
machines into a CAA. Cellular telephones are also
prohibited in the CAA and must be left outside this area.
Questions concerning other types of electronic devices may
be directed to the Information Management Office or Regional
Security Office.

(D) Travelers planning to stay longer than 30 days are
required to schedule a security briefing with the RSO. For
additional threat assessment information regarding France
and/or Europe, you may contact DS/ITA in the State
Department at (202) 663-0787.

8. Health Concerns: For up-to-date information on Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Mad Cow Disease and other
health precautions for France, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) website contains a detailed
analysis of risks involved at:
http://www.cdc.gov/travel/diseases.htm.

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm
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