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20 May 2019 | 08:49 AM UTC

France: Professional driver protests in several cities May 20

France News Alert

Ongoing professional drivers protests in several cities across France May 20; road blockades at Paris airports reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Paris, Charles-de-Gaulle International Airport, Paris-Orly International Airport, Dijon, Strasbourg, Toulouse

Event

Professional drivers, including taxi drivers, driving instructors, and ambulance drivers are protesting across France as of Monday, May 20, to denounce possible reforms to laws regulating transport. Protesters reportedly gathered at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris-Orly (ORY) airports at 07:00 (local time), blocking access to both airports. Another group of protesting drivers gathered at La Défense and Torcy mall at 06:30. Road blockades were also reported along the A15, A4, A106, A86, and A6 highways leading to Paris. Protesters are expected to head to Boulevard Raspail, before proceeding towards Place du Président Herriot. Police forces announced they will disperse protesters at around 20:00.

Related protests were also reported in the cities of Dijon, Strasbourg, and Toulouse.

Significant transportation disruptions are likely in affected cities, notably in Paris, over the coming hours. Clashes between police forces and protesters cannot be ruled out. 

Advice

Individuals in affected cities, notably in Paris, are advised to monitor the situation, allow additional time to reach their destination, seek alternate routes, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and avoid all protests as a precaution.

 

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