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31 May 2019 | 05:27 PM UTC

France: "Yellow vest" protests to take place nationwide June 1-2 /update 6

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“Yellow vest” protests planned across France on June 1-2; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected surrounding demonstration sites

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/3/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris, Strasbourg, Dunkirk, Montpellier, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille

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Event

"Yellow vest" protesters have announced demonstrations across France scheduled for Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, with the largest rallies expected in Paris.

In Paris, on Saturday, protesters are expected to gather at Place Denfert-Rochereau at 11:00 (local time) and march from 13:00 to Place de la Nation via Boulevard Saint-Jacques, Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, Place d'Italie, Boulevard de l'Hôpital, Place Valhubert, Pont d'Austerlitz, Place Mazas, Quai de la Rapée, and Boulevard Diderot.

On Sunday, Protesters are expected to gather at Place de la Bastille at 11:00 and march to Place de la Nation via Rue de Lyon, Avenue Daumesnil, Rue Antoine Julien Hénard, Rue de Reuilly, and Boulevard Diderot. The protest is expected to end by 15:00.

Yellow vest protesters may also gather around the Arc de Triomphe at 10:30 despite an official prohibition issued by the government.

Security forces in the capital are expected to cordon off the areas surrounding the Champs-Elysées, the Elysée Palace, the National Assembly, and Notre-Dame during the protests to prevent acts of violence and vandalism. Although no public transportation disruptions have been announced yet, information regarding possible closures is available here.

Associated demonstrations are also planned in other French cities on Saturday, including:

Strasbourg: Place de la République at 10:00

Dunkerque: Place de la Gare at 13:30

Montpellier: Place de la Comédie at 14:00

Lyon: Le Gros Caillou at 14:00

Toulouse: Allées Jean Jaurès at 14:00

Bordeaux: Place de la Bourse at 14:00

Lille: Place de la République at 20:00

Additional "yellow vest" protests are to be expected across France over the coming weeks, particularly on Saturdays. A heightened security presence is anticipated near related demonstrations. Localized transportation and business disruptions are likely near protest sites, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

The "yellow vest" movement began on November 17, 2018, to protest rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. It has since grown to encompass a number of popular grievances against the French government. Some protests have turned violent and acts of vandalism and looting have been reported, although the scale of the protests has diminished since their height in December. Demonstrations have continued despite French government proposals to address protesters' concerns. President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of reforms on April 25, including closing corporate tax loopholes, income tax cuts, linking pensions to inflation by 2020, and reforms to referendum processes, among others.

According to the Ministry of Interior, some 12,500 people marched nationwide on May 25 - the lowest participation rate since the start of the "yellow vest" movement. 

Advice

Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, 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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