Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Paris, France

December 4, 2020


  • Paris: Porte of Lilas proceeding to Place de la Republique
  • Strasbourg: Place de la République
  • Rennes: Esplanade Charles de Gaulle
  • Lyon: Place Marechal Lyautey
  • Bordeaux: Place de la Victoire
  • Marseille: Vieux port

Event:  Demonstrations expected to take place on Saturday, December 5 beginning at 11:00 (Rennes), 2:00 (Paris, Strasbourg), 2:30 (Marseille), and 3:00 (Lyon, Bordeaux).  The groups intend to protest the new security law.  Additional demonstrations in other cities in France may also be planned.

Similar demonstrations in Paris turned violent last weekend.  In case of violence or property damage, French authorities may use chemical agents and water cannons to disperse crowds.

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
  • 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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