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Demonstration Alert: Paris (France), May 1 Protests Expected Throughout France

Location:  Cities and towns throughout France on May 1  

Event:  May 1 demonstrations are expected through France this weekend. Historically, these demonstrations sometimes become disruptive and/or violent.  U.S. citizens should be cautious throughout France.  Areas of particular concern include: 

  • Strasbourg, Place du Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny towards Place d'Austerlitz, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Antifa groups protesting, with a risk of riots; 
  • Lyon, Place Jean MACE towards Place Bellecour, beginning at 10:30 a.m., antifacist protestwith risk of riots; 
  • Paris, Place de la Republique, where multiple protests are planned throughout the day. 

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations  
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests 
  • Monitor local media for updates 
  • Be aware of your surroundings 
  • Keep a low profile 

    U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:  


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