The "yellow vest" movement plans to hold additional disruptive protests throughout the country on Saturday, December 22. Gatherings have been called for in the capital Paris, notably on Place de l'Opera, at la Defense, on Place de l'Etoile, and at Versailles. Further demonstrations should take place in cities nationwide, and roadblocks are expected to be erected at the borders, to impede truck circulation.
As such, significant transportation disruptions are expected throughout the country, along with a heightened security presence, notably in Paris. Clashes between protesters and police forces cannot be ruled out.
The "yellow vest" ("gilets jaunes") movement began on November 17 to protest rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. On December 8, thousands of people participated in marches in Paris and across France. Clashes between protesters and security forces, as well as acts of vandalism and looting, were reported in urban centers throughout the country. Police arrested 1939 people throughout the country, including 1082 in Paris, and used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
The government had previously announced a tax increase on fuel prices, including gasoline and diesel, beginning on January 1, 2019, to promote environmentally-friendly practices. On December 5, the government announced the withdrawal of the carbon tax project from the 2019 budget.
Individuals located in France are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and allow for extra time to reach their destinations.
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