Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

September 11, 2020


  • Paris: Protestors gathering at various places throughout the city
  • Other cities and towns throughout France

Event: Large Gilet Jaune protests are expected to take place throughout France this weekend.

In Paris, beginning on Friday, September 11, at 6:00 pm through the early morning hours on Sunday, September 13, French police will establish check points and conduct spot checks. Certain metro lines and other public transportation routes could be disrupted or closed. The French authorities may use chemical agents (tear gas) and water cannons to disperse crowds.

U.S. government personnel are advised to minimize movement outside of their residences all day on Saturday, September 12, carry identification if leaving their residence, and not to park cars on public streets.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations
  • Minimize movement outside your residence on Saturday, September 12
  • Carry identification outside your residence
  • Monitor the RATP website ( for Paris public transit closure
  • Monitor local media for updates, including English-language media at, or
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile and avoid crowds, particularly groups of protestors wearing yellow vests
  • Avoid parking on public streets near protests
  • Do not carry any type of weapons, gas mask, or yellow reflective vest on your person or in your belongings