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18 Oct 2019 | 09:06 AM UTC

France: “Yellow Vest” protest planned in Paris October 19 /update 27

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“Yellow Vest” activists to protest in Paris October 19; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Event

"Yellow Vest" protesters have called for demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, October 19. Protesters plan to gather at 09:00 (local time) outside the France TV offices at Esplanade Henri de France, before heading to La Défense via Porte Maillot and Courbevoie. Associated protests are possible in other urban centers.

In Paris, security forces may 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.

Additional "Yellow Vest" protests are to be expected across France over the coming weeks, particularly on Saturdays. A heightened security presence is anticipated near all 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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