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29 août 2019 | 22h06 UTC

France: “Yellow Vest” protests nationwide August 31 /update 21

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“Yellow Vest” activists to protest in Paris, Saint-Genis-Pouilly (Ain department) on August 31; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/8/2019, 12h00 until 31/8/2019, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris, Saint-Genis-Pouilly

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"Yellow Vest" protesters have called for demonstrations in Paris and elsewhere on Saturday, August 31. Participants in Paris plan to gather at 11:00 (local time) and march from Place Gambetta to Place Saint Pierre via Rue des Pyrénées, Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, and Place Blanche

Protesters have also announced a demonstration in Saint-Genis-Pouilly (Ain department) at the Porte de France roundabout along the border with Switzerland. The gathering will reportedly begin at 09:00. 

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 all demonstrations. Localized transportation and business disruptions are likely near protest sites, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.  


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.


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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