Demonstrations against the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto are slated to take place across France on Saturday, May 18, with the largest rally organized in Paris. In the capital, protesters are expected to gather at Place de la République at 14:00 (local time) and then march to Place Stalingrad via Boulevard de Magenta, Place Bonsergent, Rue de Lancry, and Quai de Jemmapes.
Associated demonstrations are planned in over 30 French cities on Saturday, including:
- Montpellier at Jardins du Peyrou at 10:00
- Toulouse at Square Charles-de-Gaulle at 11:00
- Bordeaux at Quai Richelieu at 14:00
- Marseille at métro Vieux-Port at 14:00
- Le Havre at Parc Hauser at 14:00
- Lille at Place de la République at 14:30
- Strasbourg at Place de la République at 15:00
- Le Mans at Place de la République at 15:00
- Lyon (undisclosed location)
Detailed information regarding protests in other cities can be found on the organizer's website.
A heightened security presence is anticipated during the abovementioned demonstrations. Localized transportation disruptions are likely near protest sites.
The March Against Monsanto is a global movement against perceived malpractice by the company. Organizers have largely criticized the company's role in developing genetically modified organisms (GMO) and glyphosate-based herbicides, among other products and practices. The first march took place in May 2013, with subsequent protests organized around the world each May.
Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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