Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

December 11, 2020

Location:  Paris: Chatelet-les Halles to Place de la Republique.

Event:  Potentially violent demonstration expected to take place on Saturday, December 12 beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The groups include Stop Islamaphobie, Marche des libertes, and Paris Peuple Révolté.  Additional groups known to initiate clashes with police and foment violent disturbances also plan to participate.  In case of violence or property damage, French authorities may use chemical agents and water cannons to disperse crowds.

Additional demonstrations are expected in:

  • Strasbourg, Place de la Republique at 12:30 p.m. Public disturbances are expected.
  • Lyon, Place Lyautey at 2:00 p.m.  Public disturbances are possible.
  • Marseille, Vieux Port at 2:00 p.m.
  • Additional demonstrations in other major cities in France may also be planned.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the neighborhood of Chatelet-les Halles and Place de la République
  • Avoid any 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

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