France advises against non-essential travel to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort

Debris of the A321 Russian airliner on the ground a day after the plane crashed in Wadi al-Zolomat, a mountainous area in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on November 1, 2015 (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

Paris (AFP) - France on Thursday advised its nationals against all non-essential travel to Sharm el-Sheikh following the crash of a Russian passenger jet that took off from the Egyptian resort at the weekend.

The advice from the foreign ministry, updated on its website on Thursday, also concerns the town of Taba on the Sinai Peninsula.

The ministry said only "a few dozen" French citizens are currently in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The advice was changed "as a precautionary measure until the results of the investigation are known," the ministry said.

France has not joined the United States and Britain in expressing the opinion that the crash of the Russian plane was caused by an attack.

The association of French tour operators said Thursday that its members do not use Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

Britain was on Thursday taking moves to repatriate thousands of its tourists from the resort after saying it believed a "terrorist bomb" may have brought down the Russian jet.