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.
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- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
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+33 (1) 43 12 22 22, 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday.
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