Authorities are set to implement security measures in Paris and Marseille on Sunday, August 23, ahead of the Champions League football final in Portugal between French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and German side Bayern Munich. Reportedly, security personnel will deploy along the Champs-Elysees and near the Parc des Princes football stadium in Paris, where PSG play. Vehicles will be restricted from entering the Champs-Elysees from 21:00 (local time), and from 22:00, 17 metro stations will close, including Concorde, Champs-Elysées Clémenceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V, Charles De Gaulle Etoile, Argentine, Ternes, Courcelles, Victor Hugo, Kleber, Alma-Marceau, Miromesnil, Saint-Philippe du Roule, Madeleine, Iéna, Boissière, and Avenue Foch. In Marseille, security forces will likely be deployed to the Old Port area in anticipation of football-related unrest. On August 18, PSG supporters clashed with rival supporters in the area following the football club's victory in the Champions League semi-final.
Clashes between football supporters, and between security forces and football supporters, cannot be ruled out. Heightened security measures are to be anticipated during the course of Sunday evening, and localized transport disruptions are likely.
Those in France, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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