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29 Oct 2020 | 11:26 PM UTC

France: Protest reported in Nice October 29

France News Alert

Right-wing protest reported in Nice following attack on October 29; further protests cannot be ruled out

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Nice

Event

The right-wing 'génération identitaire' group is reportedly holding a protest in Nice on Thursday, October 29, following an Islamist attack in the city earlier in the day which killed three people. The protest is going ahead despite a 21:00 (local time) curfew in the city, with participants chanting 'Islam out of Europe'. At least 200 people are reportedly taking part, with participants initially gathering at the Notre-Dame basilica, the location of the attack, before marching through nearby streets. Social media posts show a significant anti-riot police presence at the protest. A man who was shot dead near Avignon on Thursday after threatening police with a firearm was allegedly a member of the group.

A heightened security presence is likely near the protest site, with disruptions to transportation to be expected. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

The protest came in response to the killing of three people in a suspected Islamic extremist attack at the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) on Thursday morning and follows a number of terrorist incidents in France in recent weeks.

Advice

Those in Nice are advised to monitor developments and avoid the area due to the potential for clashes. Travelers should avoid related protests and political gatherings as a precaution and heed any directives issued by local authorities.

 

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