Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Location:  France, countrywide.  Including, but not limited to:  Paris, Amiens, Avignon, Bordeaux, Bourges, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, and Toulouse.

Event:  Demonstrations by the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests) are expected again on December 22, 2018 and likely to continue through the coming weeks.  The group is protesting fuel prices and taxes, and other government policies.  Previous demonstrations have become violent with police response including water cannons and/or tear gas.  In addition to the demonstrations in major cities, organizers continue to call for traffic interruptions and blockades throughout France.  At highway toll stations, protesters continue to set up barricades and set fire to pallets.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile and avoid the areas of the demonstrations
  • Monitor local media
  • Exercise caution and shelter in place if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Close windows and shutters to avoid possible smoke and tear gas
  • Do not try to force your way through a barricade with your vehicle
  • Consider relocating in advance to another area
  • Maintain easy access to passports and other documents, prescription medicine, infant formula, and chargers for electronics
  • Notify friends and family of your safety and travel plans

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