The partners and children of French expatriate medical insurance policyholders employed in Yemen have been urged to leave the country after an alleged Al-Qaida attack left a Frenchman dead.
This is the advice from France's foreign ministry, which suggested expatriates could be at risk due to the "deterioration in the security situation" in Yeman.
"This is a temporary precautionary measure taken in coordination with the main French companies present," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero stated.
"Spouses and children are asked to leave Yemeni territory."
The warning comes in the week that Yeman's president Ali Abdullah Saleh met with Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss the security of the Middle East region after a French citizen was shot dead in the capital, Sanaa.
A report by the French Tribune points out that France remains on high alert for terrorist attacks and said it is expected that the potential danger is to expatriates and French interests overseas.
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