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10 oct. 2019 | 11h11 UTC

France: Nationwide “Yellow Vest” protests planned October 12 /update 26

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“Yellow Vest” activists to protest in Paris and Toulouse October 12; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/10/2019, 12h00 until 14/10/2019, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris, Toulouse

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Event

"Yellow Vest" protesters have called for demonstrations in Paris and other urban centers on Saturday, October 12. In Paris, protesters plan to gather at 10:00 (local time) at Place de la Bastille, before heading to Porte Maillot via République, Barbes, and Péreire at 12:00. A related protest is planned at Place Saint Pierre as of 10:00. Participants will then march to Place de la Bourse

Organizers in Toulouse are calling for "Yellow Vest" activists across the country to gather at Allée Jean Jaurès at 14:00. Associated protests are possible in other urban centers.

In Paris, 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.

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.

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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