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24 Oct 2019 | 09:45 AM UTC

France: Nationwide “Yellow Vest” protests planned October 26 /update 28

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“Yellow Vest” activists to protest in Paris and other urban centers October 26; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/24/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/27/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris, Saint-Étienne

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Event

"Yellow Vest" protesters have called for demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, October 26.

In Paris, protesters plan to gather at 12:00 (local time) outside the Bercy metro station, before heading to the Colonel Fabien metro station at 14:00 via Nation and Menilmontant. Another gathering is scheduled to start at Place Saint Pierre at 11:00 and participants will later march towards Porte de Montreuil via Père Lachaise. Associated protests are possible in other urban centers.

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.

In Saint-Etienne, protesters plan to gather at 13:00 in Monthieu before marching from Place du Peuple around 14:00.

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