In southeastern France , a man with ties to Islamic radicals rammed a car into a gas factory, touching off an explosion that injured two people.
Authorities arriving at the site made a grisly discovery: the severed head of the driver's employer was found hanging at the plant entrance.
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Julie Kreutzer, co-owner of website the International Women's Travel Center, has written extensively on the issue of women's safety abroad, and believes that honesty is the best policy when it comes to discussing the dangers that solo female travellers face.
She said: 'I'm truly appalled at how unsafe and how unfriendly some places are.
You can't even enter some countries if you're a woman, yet most travel websites just skirt around the issue and prefer to focus on what lipstick a woman should wear.'There certainly are places where women are sort of second class citizens, and that can be frustrating.
Horrific crimes against women have become worryingly commonplace in countries such as India, but there are a number of popular holiday hotspots, such as Turkey and Morocco, that may not be as female-friendly as you think, according to experts.Don't do anything you wouldn't do at home - don't drink too much alone, don't go wandering alone at night, don't go home with strangers, and read up on common scams.'Earlier this month a Japanese student was drugged and raped in northern India, and last week horrifying video footage of two woman being gang raped by grinning men was released by a campaign group in a bid to name and shame the attackers.Stunning images of scantily-clad women from Rio's world-famous Carnival does little to mask the fact that much of Brazil remains in the grip of widespread violence led by criminal gangs and abusive police.With fewer police on the streets, a sharp increase in the number of sex attacks - including a British journalism student in Cairo's Tahrir Square - has seen visitor numbers at the country's famous ruins dwindle.
Colombia's capital Bogota, which has no train system but a network of red buses, was found to have the most unsafe public transport in a poll conducted by You Gov in 2014 for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The suspect, Yassine Salhi, was seized by an alert firefighter, authorities said, and French President Francois Hollande said the attacker's intention had been to cause an explosion.