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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Paris (France), Demonstrations October 15

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The U.S. Embassy in France informs U.S. citizens that activist groups have called for a variety of demonstrations across France on Saturday, October 15, 2016 to protest the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) free-trade agreements. 

In Paris, protestors will gather at Place Stalingrad (19th arrondissement) at 3:30pm and march to Place de la République (3rd, 10th, and 11th arrondissements).

Other planned demonstrations include, but are not limited to:

Aix-en-Provence              Allées Provençales           3:00pm

Dijon                                Place F. Rude                   10:30am

Valence                            Place Porte Neuve            2:00pm

Toulouse                          City Center                       3:oopm

Bordeaux                          Place Camille Julian        3:00pm

Rennes                             Place de la Mairie            3:00pm

Nancy                               Place Charles III               10:00am

Lyon                                Place Saint Jean               11:00am

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.



For further information about security in France:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in France, located at 4, Avenue Gabriel, Paris,

    +33 (1) 43 12 22 22, 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday.

    After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +33 (1) 43 12 22 22.


  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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