"Yellow Vest" activists have called for more protests in Paris on Sunday, November 17, to mark the one-year anniversary of the movement. Participants plan to gather at 09:00 (local time) at Place Joachim du Bellay. Organizers said that the locations of other protests, including the targeting of specific businesses, will be announced at the last minute. Security forces reportedly cordoned off the areas surrounding Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe amid "Yellow Vest" protests on Saturday, November 16, and are likely to maintain a strong security presence in these areas on Sunday. Police officials announced that several train stations on metro lines 1, 2, 6, 8, 12, and 13 and on RER C will be closed from 07:00 on Sunday due to the anticipated protests.
Localized transportation and business disruptions are expected near all protest sites, and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out. Associated protests are likely in major urban areas across France. 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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