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Demonstration Alert: Paris (France), Labor Union Strike

Europe > France > Paris

Location:  France, countrywide. 

Event:  A nationwide strike and demonstrations by labor unions representing the transportation, education, health, and social welfare sectors will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 across France.  Air and rail travel may be affected.

In Paris, a demonstration is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel de Ville followed by a march to the Place de la Concorde near the U.S. Embassy.  Therefore, the Embassy will close to the public at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  We will resume our normal business hours beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance may contact the Embassy at 01 43 12 22 22 (telephone in France) or (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22 (telephone from the United States).

Please see the U.S. Embassy website for additional security and travel information.

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

·     Notify friends and family of your safety

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

·     http://www.france24.com/en/

·     http://en.rfi.fr/france/

·     http://www.thelocal.fr/ 

·     https://www.ratp.fr/travaux-manifestations/manifestations (for information on Metro closures)

·     https://www.sncf.com/fr/itineraire-reservation/itineraire(for information on train schedules)

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Paris, France  
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

CitizenInfo@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France 

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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United States Embassy

American Citizen Services Unit

4, avenue Gabriel

75382 Paris Cedex 08

France

Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22

Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22

Website: https://fr.usembassy.gov

American Citizen Services: e-mail - citizeninfo@state.gov