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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Paris (France) Demonstrations and Strikes Planned in France

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The U.S. Embassy in France informs U.S. citizens that a potentially large demonstration is planned on Saturday, September 23 at the Place de la Bastille in Paris beginning at 2:00 p.m. 

U.S. citizens are further advised that rolling labor strikes and additional demonstrations may be organized in Paris and around major cities in France throughout the coming weeks and could disrupt transportation services, including trains, commuter lines, and possibly services provided by Air France. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. 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/

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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