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FBI Warns of Stolen French Passports

Nearly 10,000 blank French passports were stolen in February, leading the FBI to warn U.S. law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout. “These stolen passports are of particular concern because France participates in the Visa Waiver Program that allows visitors from 27 nations to enter the United States for pleasure for 90 days without a visa,” the FBI said in the warning issued Wednesday. “Fraudulent or illicitly acquired travel documents, such as passports and visas, compromise the security of U.S. borders by providing means to gain unlawful entry into the country. Fraudulently issued or altered passports can be used by criminals, including terrorists, to adopt false identities, impersonate other citizens or conceal suspicious travel.” French officials notified the U.S. Embassy in Paris that 6,300 blank passports were stolen on Feb. 3 and another 3,000 disappeared on Feb. 10, the bulletin said. Full Story

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