Hundreds of student protesters clashed with police at the Mireille-Grenet high school in Compiegne (Oise department) on Monday, November 9, after they had gathered to denounce the alleged lack of protective measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at schools. Protesters began to block access to the school from 07:30 (local time) with burning pallets and began to throw objects at police officers. Police arrested at least four people following the arrival of reinforcements.
A continued heightened security presence is likely near the protest site, with disruptions to transportation to be expected. Further clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Those in Compiegne are advised to monitor developments and avoid the area due to the potential for further clashes. Travelers should avoid related protests and political gatherings as a precaution and heed any directives issued by local authorities.
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