"Yellow Vest" protesters have called for demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, November 23. Protesters plan to gather at 10:00 (local time) at Place d'Estiennes d'Orves before heading to Daumesnil at 11:30 via Trinité, Quai de Valmy, Père Lachaise, and Avron. Other gatherings are scheduled to start at Place de la Concorde at 10:00 and Place de l'Opéra at 13:00. Security forces may cordon off the areas surrounding the Champs-Elysées, the Hotel Matignon, 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.
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.
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.
Individuals in France, notably in Paris, 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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