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May 1, 2019

The US State Department posted a demonstration alert related to May Day protests in Paris. In honor of International Workers’ Day, demonstrations are expected. Tourists are advised to exercise extra caution and expect travel delays. Read more from the US State Department below. We are in communication with our partners on the ground for updates on the situation. As always, please reach out to or call us at 404.720.5657 anytime.

Event:  May Day demonstration will take place on May 1, 2019 in Paris and other major cities in France. The “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) are expected to join labor union marches across the country.

Previous “Yellow Vest” demonstrations have become violent with smaller groups splitting from the main demonstration and causing serious damage to private and public property. Police response has included water cannons, rubber bullets, and/or tear gas.  Demonstrations may cause traffic disruptions and impact public transportation throughout France, including significant delays traveling between downtown Paris and the major airports (Charles de Gaulle Roissy and Orly) and access to rail stations.  Disruptions to public services and closures of various sites usually open to the public (businesses, museums, tourist attractions) have taken place.

Please review the Travel Advisory for France – Exercise Increased Caution for additional safety and security information.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep a low profile and avoid the areas of the demonstrations
  • Monitor local media
  • Exercise caution and shelter in place if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Close windows and shutters to avoid possible smoke and tear gas exposure
  • Consider relocating in advance to another area
  • Do not try to force your way through a barricade with your vehicle
  • Maintain easy access to passports and other documents, prescription medicine, infant formula, and chargers for electronics
  • Notify friends and family of your safety and travel plans