France Yellow Vest Protest Alert

Updated 21 June 2019


Situation:

Yellow Vest protests are planned on 22 June in cities throughout France, including, but not limited to including Charleville- Mézières, Strasbourg, Lyon, Toulouse, and Montpellier.


Yellow Vest organizers have called for a “total blockage of France” beginning around 08:00 (local time).


Clashes between security forces and protestors is a possibility. Historically, vandalism has also been an issue.


Possible Effects:

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by participants with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark

  • Clashes between security forces and participants

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. Call the authorities: Emergency Services: 112

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy



DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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