Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Location:  Throughout France, including multiple locations in the same cities.

Event:  Disruptive and potentially violent demonstrations against the health pass expected to take place on Saturday, August 7, with high numbers of participants expected.  In the past few weeks, police have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse some similar protests.  At this time the Embassy is aware of the following times and locations, but additional demonstrations in other cities in France are also likely.  Embassy employees have been told to avoid these locations.

  • Paris:
    • 11:00 a.m. at Pont de Neuilly towards Place du Chat
    • 2:00 p.m. at Place du Palais Royal, in front of the Conseil Constitutionnel
    • 2:30 p.m. from Ecole Militaire towards Place Joffre
  • Strasbourg:
    • 1:00 p.m. at Place Kleber
  • Lyon:
    • 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Place des Terreaux towards Palais de Justice via Place Bellecour. 
    • 2:00 p.m. Place du general Lyautey.
  • Marseille:
    • 2:00 p.m. at Vieux port
  • Bordeaux:
    • 1 :30 p.m. Place de la Bourse
  • Rennes:
    • 2:00 p.m. Place de la Republique

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Monitor local media for updates and public transport disruptions
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile
  • Notify friends and family of your safety

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