Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Paris, France (Ongoing General Strike)

UPDATE: TRANSPORTATION STRIKE ONGOING

Location:  France, nationwide

 

Event:  A general strike in France affecting transportation and other public service sectors will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019.  There will be significant disruptions to rail, air, and local transportation services.  This strike could continue beyond December 5, and many trains and flights have already been cancelled.

In conjunction with the strike, various labor unions are planning large demonstrations in major cities.  The “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) are expected to join these marches.  Please review the Travel Advisory for France – Exercise Increased Caution for additional safety and security information. While the demonstrations may not be directed at the U.S. Embassy, access to the streets surrounding the Embassy may be blocked by police or demonstrators.

 

Travelers should check the status of flights directly with their airline and make sure to allow additional time to get to the airport.  For information on train and Paris Metro and bus disruptions, please see the links below:

SNCF Trains:  https://en.oui.sncf/train/greve

Paris Metro and Buses: https://www.ratp.fr/en

Eurostar: https://www.eurostar.com/us-en/travel-info/service-information/eurostar-travel-updates

 

Actions to Take:

-Review travel plans for December 5-9

-Prepare for alternate lodging or transportation in the event your itinerary is interrupted

-Avoid the 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

-Notify friends and family of your safety

 

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

http://www.france24.com/en/

http://en.rfi.fr/france/

http://www.thelocal.fr/  

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Paris, France

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfo@state.gov

 

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov

 

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

 

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American Citizen Services Unit

4, avenue Gabriel

75382 Paris Cedex 08

France

 

Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22

Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22

Website: https://fr.usembassy.gov

American Citizen Services: e-mail – citizeninfo@state.gov