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21 août 2019 | 07h22 UTC

France: “Yellow Vest” march in Paris August 24 /update 20

France Alerte de sécurité

“Yellow Vest” activists to protest in Paris on August 24; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 21/8/2019, 12h00 until 24/8/2019, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Event

"Yellow Vest" activists have called for a protest in Paris on Saturday, August 24. Participants plan to gather 09:00 (local time) at the Bir-Hakeim metro station and then march to the Campo-Formio metro station.

Security forces in the capital may cordon off the areas surrounding the Champs-Elysées, the Elysée Palace, the National Assembly, and Notre-Dame during the protests to prevent acts of violence and vandalism. Information regarding possible closures to public transportation services is available here.

Additional "yellow vest" protests are to be expected across France over the coming weeks, particularly on Saturdays. A heightened security presence is anticipated near related demonstrations. Localized transportation and business disruptions are likely near protest sites, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.  

Context

The "yellow vest" movement began on November 17, 2018, to protest rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. It 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, although the scale of the protests has diminished since their height in December.

Demonstrations have continued despite French government proposals to address protesters' concerns. President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of reforms on April 25, including closing corporate tax loopholes, income tax cuts, linking pensions to inflation by 2020, and reforms to referendum processes, among others.

Advice

Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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