Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

November 30, 2018

Location: Paris and throughout France. Gathering points and routes in Paris include, but are not limited to, the following locations and surrounding areas: Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Place de la Madeleine, Place de la Bastille, Place de la République, Assemblée National, Port Maillot affecting traffic on the Périphérique (ring road around Paris), Place de Ballard and Porte de Versailles, and the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower.

Event: Demonstrations by the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests) are expected again on December 1, 2018 and may continue through the coming weeks. The group is protesting fuel prices and taxes. Demonstrations on Saturday, November 24 resulted in violent confrontations between demonstrators and police, including the use of tear gas. In addition to the demonstrations in Paris and other major cities, organizers continue to call for traffic interruptions and blockades throughout France.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile
  • Notify friends and family of your safety

U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:

U.S. Embassy Paris, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

State Department – Consular Affairs 
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
France Country Specific Information
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