French terror alert system

France is stepping up security fearing attacks after intervening against militants in Mali.

Explore the table below to find out more about the country's alert system, known as vigipirate.

Vigipirate: The French terror alert system

Colour Threat level Action

Source: French government


White: No threat

Normal security levels


Yellow: Real but uncertain threat

Vigilance against indefinite threats and use of localised measures. Authorities ready to act should threat level change


Orange: Plausible threat

Measures taken that are moderately disruptive to public activities. Preparations made to switch to higher alert


Red: Highly plausible threat

Emergency counter-attack measures put in place, including protecting public institutions. Military in a state of readiness


Scarlet: Certain threat of major attacks

All necessary security measures taken, including bag searches, controlled entry to shops, public transport and road tunnels as well as restrictions on civil aviation

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