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Commuters make their way through the streets near the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

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PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday called on French citizens to be vigilant following the suicide attack at a concert in Manchester, which Philippe described as an "abominable crime."

"The most cowardly form of terrorism has struck once again, targeting - as in Paris more than a year ago - a concert venue," Philippe said in a statement in a reference to a similar attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015.

"I call on my fellow citizens to observe the utmost vigilance, confronted as we are with a threat which is more present than ever before," Philippe said.

(Reporting by Sophie Louet and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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