Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

April 30, 2020

Location:  Court of Human Rights near Trocadero in Paris.  Gathering points may also include the Place de la Bastille and the Place de la République in Paris and locations in other cities in France.

Event:  Various organizations have called for Labor Day demonstrations on May 1, 2020. Under the current confinement order, all protests and gatherings greater than 10 people are prohibited in France.  However, certain groups could defy these instructions and carry on with planned demonstrations.

U.S. citizens in France must follow the Government of France confinement order in place since March 17, 2020.  If you are outside of your residence under one of the authorized exceptions and encounter a demonstration, you should follow the recommendations below.  Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

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: 


United States Embassy
American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
American Citizen Services: e-mail –