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Warden Message: France Protests

Europe; Europe > France

U.S. Embassy Paris issued the following Warden Message on October 21, 2010.


This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations currently taking place in France.


According to media reports, there have been isolated outbursts of violence and lawlessness in Lyon, western Paris (Nanterre), and other French cities. 


We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  You should avoid these areas and exercise caution if within the vicinity.  U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.


Since the situation in France regarding strikes and their impact on travel is somewhat unpredictable, we recommend that you maintain close contact with your airline to determine if there are last-minute changes to your flight schedule or cancellations.  You should also monitor French news sites, many of which are available in English.  If you plan to rent a car, contact your rental agency for the latest fuel situation in your intended area of travel.  For French rail travel, you should consult for current rail information. 

More travel safety advice is available at


The U.S. Embassy in Paris can be reached at 01-43-12-22-22 during regular hours and for

after-hours emergencies. For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Embassy website, as well as the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and other Consular products can be found.


Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada; or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202- 501-4444; these numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


Americans living or traveling in France or Monaco are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website in order to obtain updated information on travel and security within France and Monaco.  Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them incases of emergency.