"Yellow Vest" protesters are expected to protest across France, though notably in Paris, on Saturday, November 16, marking the movement's one-year anniversary.
In Paris, multiple roundups are planned. The main gatherings include Porte de Champerret at 08:00 (local time), Champs Elysées at 10:00 and Place d'Italie at 10:00. Participants also plan to gather along the Parisian ring road at 10:00 in order to slow down circulation. Businesses will also be targeted, with protests planned at Carrefour at Porte d'Auteuil at 09:00, Ikea near the Madeleine metro station at 11:00, H&M near the Opera metro station at 13:00, Nike at Forum des Halles at 17:00, an unidentified Total station, and an unidentified Apple store in Paris. Other gatherings are planned in the Paris region, notably in Montreuil, Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen, Pantin, and Vitry.
According to the Police Prefecture, security forces may cordon off the areas surrounding Champs-Elysées, avenue de la Grande Armée, the National Assembly, Hôtel Matignon, Trocadéro and Eiffel tower, the Senate, the Saint-Lazare station, neighboring department stores, Notre-Dame, and the parks bois de Boulogne and Vincennes to prevent acts of violence and vandalism.
Localized transportation and business disruptions are likely near protest sites, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Information regarding potential interruptions and closures to public transportation services in Paris is available here.
Protests in other urban centers and across France are also planned, likely resulting in a heightened security presence, transportation and business disruptions.
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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