French borders opened with tight security Saturday after President François Hollande closed them in the wake of a series of deadly terrorist attacks that left at least 127 people dead, USA Today reports. .
Strict controls were implemented on roads, rail and sea port border crossings into France, as well as at airports. France is one of 26 European countries that eliminated immigration controls for EU citizens at their borders with neighboring countries.
Long line could be seen at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris as fliers awaited security checks amid patrols by armed soldiers. That airport, and Paris Orly airport, warned travelers to expect delays due to extended border checks.
Eurostar, which operates train services between England and France, said Saturday morning that its trains were currently running on time. “Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all those affected by the tragic events in Paris last night,” it said in a statement. People traveling from London to Paris have been offered exchanges on their tickets if they do not want to travel Saturday.
P&O Ferries, which operates services between the ports of Dover in southern England and Calais in northern France, said both ports were “free-flowing,” but asked passengers to allow extra time for their journeys and be prepared for extra security checks. Airports in Europe were on heightened alert Saturday. The north terminal of Gatwick Airport, near London, was evacuated after police said a man discarded a suspicious object there. A bomb disposal team was sent to investigate.