A demonstration has been scheduled by healthcare workers in Paris on Tuesday, 14 July. Protesters are set to gather from 14:00 (local time) at Place de la Republique before marching towards Place de la Bastille. The healthcare workers' rally coincides with protests organised by the Yellow Vests movement, which is being held to celebrate health workers amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Associated business and transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are to be anticipated near all demonstration sites. Protests are possible elsewhere in France.
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 2018. 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 Paris and across France are advised to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, monitor developments, anticipate transportation and business disruptions near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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