Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Location:  Paris and throughout France on December 8, 2018. The announced route of the march is from Place de la Bastille to the Arc de Triomphe. Expected gathering points and routes include, but may not be limited to, areas in the 1st, 4th, 8th, 16th, and 17th arrondissements.

Event:  Demonstrations by the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests) and other groups are expected again on December 8, 2018 and may continue through the coming weeks. The groups are protesting fuel prices, taxes, and other government policies. Demonstrations may become violent, resulting in damage to property, including overturning vehicles and setting them on fire. Police responses may include water cannons and/or tear gas.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile and avoid crowds
  • Avoid as much as possible the areas of the demonstrations
  • Shelter in place if in the areas affected
  • Close windows and shutters to avoid possible smoke and tear gas
  • Move your vehicle away from areas where demonstrations are expected
  • Consider relocating in advance to another area
  • Maintain easy access to passports and other documents, prescription medicine, infant formula, and chargers for electronics
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Notify friends and family of your safety

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