Security forces fired tear gas to disperse "Yellow Vest" protesters in Paris as of Saturday, November 16. Clashes occurred at Porte de Champerret and Place d'Italie as protesters started gathering to mark the movement's one-year anniversary. Protesters reportedly attempted to block the Parisian ring road before police forces reopened the road to traffic.
The areas surrounding Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe are reportedly cordoned off by security forces. Associated protests are planned in Paris and other urban centers across the country on Saturday. In Paris, rally sites include Porte d'Auteuil, Madeleine, the Forum des Halles, and Opera. Other gatherings are planned in the Paris region, notably in Montreuil, Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen, Pantin, and Vitry.
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.
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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