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17 Jul 2019 | 09:48 PM UTC

France: Unrest possible during Africa Cup of Nations final July 19 /update 1

France News Alert

Celebrations possible in the event of Algerian victory in Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on July 19; heightened security presence and associated disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Event

Fans of the Algerian national football team are expected to celebrate publicly, particularly in Paris, in the event of a victory in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Friday, July 19. Algeria plays Senegal in the AFCON final in Egypt at 21:00 (local time) on Friday.

Public gatherings, roadblocks, crowded streets and metro stations, and other transportation disruptions are likely amid a heightened security presence in the event of an Algerian victory; demonstrations and associated disruptions are also possible if the team loses.

Context

Thousands of people attended celebratory events in Paris, particularly on Champs-Élysées, and nearly 300 people were arrested following Algeria's AFCON semifinals victory over Nigeria on July 14.

Advice

Individuals in France, and particularly those in Paris, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of arrest, anticipate transportation and business disruptions amid a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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