Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France (March 23, 2023)

Location:  Paris, Place de la Opera; Rennes

Event:  Large-scale demonstrations continue throughout France with reports of hundreds of black-clad violent protestors infiltrating the demonstrations, seeking clashes with police, damaging property, shooting fireworks, and setting fires.  Police in riot gear have responded with tear gas, water cannons, and targeted police actions to deter further violence.

U.S. citizens should continue to avoid demonstrations and areas with significant police activity.  U.S. citizens finding themselves near violent protest activity should depart the area immediately, taking care not put themselves between the demonstrators and police.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of demonstrations and significant police activity
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, and depart immediately if demonstrators are clashing with police or destroying property
  • 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:


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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