"Yellow vest" protesters are planning to stage demonstrations across France on Saturday, January 12. Thousands of protesters are expected to meet in Bourges for the largest events from 10:00 to 14:00 (local time). In Lyon, protesters are planning to march from Fourvière around 10:00 to Place Bellecour until 13:00 and finally to Guillotière at 14:00 for a large rally. Demonstrations are also expected in Paris and other cities. A heightened security presence is expected in Paris, Bourges, and other urban areas. Localized transportation and business disruptions in the vicinity of protests are also likely. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
The "yellow vest" movement began on November 17 to protest rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax, and 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. 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. Although the government announced the withdrawal of the carbon tax project from the 2019 budget on December 5, protests have continued.
Individuals in France are advised to follow all instructions issued by local authorities, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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