16.02.19 / High / France – Demonstration Alert
16.02.19 France Demonstration Alert
On 15 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issued a Demonstration Alert regarding upcoming “yellow vest” protests that reads in part as follows: “Location: France, countrywide. Including, but not limited to: Paris, Amiens, Avignon, Bordeaux, Bourges, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, and Toulouse.
“Gathering points and routes in Paris include, but are not limited to, the following locations and surrounding areas: Champs-Elysées, Boulevard Saint-Germain, Place de la Concorde, Place de la Madeleine, Place de la Bastille, Place de la République, Place Saint-Michel, Assemblée Nationale, Porte Maillot affecting traffic on the Périphérique (ring road around Paris), the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower, and Porte de Versailles. Similar central locations in cities throughout France could also be settings for protests and police response.
“Event: Saturday demonstrations by the 'Gilets Jaunes' (yellow vests) are expected to continue. The group is protesting fuel prices and taxes, and other government policies. Previous demonstrations have become violent with smaller groups splitting from the main demonstration and causing serious damage to private and public property. Police response has included water cannons and/or tear gas. In addition to the demonstrations in major cities, organizers continue to call for traffic interruptions and blockades throughout France. At highway toll stations, protesters have set up barricades and set fire to pallets.”