Tribune de Genève.
After the attacks in Paris last night, where according to lemonde.fr at least 128 are dead and 180 wounded the French government decided to control France’s borders.
According to the Geneva based daily, border controls have been strengthened between France and Geneva. At the Thônex-Vallard border, the main motorway entry point from France to Geneva, the strengthening is visible. There are three French customs officials systematically checking those entering French territory. One is wearing a bullet proof vest and is armed with an automatic weapon. Someone in charge said that “instructions are coming from Paris”. Some motorists on the Swiss side fear that once in France they won’t be able to get back into Switzerland. It appears that a total closure of the border is not envisaged at the moment.
This morning traffic in Geneva is moving smoothly. Tribune de Genève noted that no one was posted at customs at Perly Saint-Julien around 8 am this morning.
At Geneva Airport someone reported that there were two pair of police officers with machine guns and bullet proof vests patrolling the building. However the airport was functioning normally.
At 10 am there was nothing notable happening at the border at Moillesulaz. No barriers, no French customs officials and no police officers.
There are 33 road border points between Geneva and France of which only three are permanently manned: Bardonnex, Vallard and Ferney-Voltaire.