On 29 November 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issued a Demonstration Alert regarding an upcoming general strike across France, which reads in part as follows:

“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.”