Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

July 19, 2019

Location:  Paris, Marseille, and other major cities including, but not limited to Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, and Toulon.

Event:  Large gatherings in Paris, Marseille, and other major cities in France are expected on Friday, July 19, 2019, following the Africa Cup of Nations final soccer match between Algeria and Senegal. The match begins at 9:00 p.m. 

Celebrations following earlier matches in the tournament included dangerous driving, vandalism, destruction of property, and trash fires in popular tourist areas. In Paris, this included the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, and along the Seine River. In Marseille, the unrest was largely focused along the Vieux Port and up La Canabière through the neighborhood of Noailles.

You should expect increased police presence and traffic and transit disruptions.

Please see the U.S. Embassy France website for additional security and travel information.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surrounings
  • Exercise caution and avoid large gatherings or protests
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Keep a low profile
  • Notify friends and family of your safety

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


United States Embassy
American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
American Citizen Services: e-mail –