Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

January 29, 2021

Location:     Rennes, Esplanade Charles de Gaule

                     Bordeaux, Place des Quinconces and Statue Jeanne D’Arc, Cours Marechal Foch

                     Strasbourg, Parlement Européen and Parc de l’Orangerie

Event:  Demonstrations expected to take place on January 30 in Rennes beginning at 11:00 a.m. and Bordeaux beginning at 2:00 p.m..  In Strasbourg the  demonstrations are expected on January 31 beginning at 1:30 p.m.  In all three locations will be marches involving Manif pour tous with counterprotests by Marche des libertes in Rennes and Bordeaux and Jeune garde antifascist in Strasbourg.  Riots are possible in all three locations, and U.S. government employees have been advised to avoid the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle in Rennes on Saturday afternoon.  Additional demonstrations in Paris and Lyon on both January 30 and 31, and other locations in France may also be planned.  The Manif pour tous gathering in Paris, scheduled this weekend for 3:00 p.m. January 31, drew 200,000 protestors last year.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the Esplanade  Charles de Gaulle in Rennes on Saturday afternoon
  • 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:


U.S. Embassy Paris, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France 
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg, France

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

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