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19 Jul 2019 | 02:35 PM UTC

France: "Yellow vest" protests to take place nationwide July 20 /update 15

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“Yellow vest” protests planned across France on July 20; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected surrounding demonstration sites

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Event

"Yellow vest" protesters have announced demonstrations across France scheduled for Saturday, July 20, with the largest rallies expected in Paris.

The main rally in Paris is scheduled at Porte St Cloud at 09:00 (local time) and will depart at 11:30 to march over to Place Saint Pierre via Boulevard des Maréchaux. Protesters are also due to gather as of 10:00 at Place de la République.

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. Information regarding possible closures to public transportation services is available here.

Associated demonstrations are also planned in other French cities on Saturday, including Pantin, Ivry-sur-Seine, Montreuil, and Beaumont sur Oise as of 12:00.

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.

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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