U.S. ISSUES WARNING TO AMERICANS IN ITALY

WASHINGTON — As the designer collection season shifts from Milan to Paris, the region is in a heightened state of alert from terrorist attacks.
The State Department late Tuesday warned Americans in Italy that they could “be at increased risk of terrorist actions from extremist groups” in the next month. In a public announcement posted on its Web site, the State Department said it has received information that “symbols of American capitalism” in Italy may be targeted for attack.
But no such travel warning has been issued for France, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday, despite two arrests made by French antiterrorist police on an alleged plot by Islamic militants to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
“I haven’t heard of any [official warning], seen any or expect any to come,” said the spokesman. He said he was “intrigued” by the timing of the Italian and French developments and the fashion industry shows in those countries, but he would not elaborate.

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