17 May 2019
According to announcements by the authorities, demonstrations and protests are expected in the following places in Paris:
• La Défense
• Arc de Triomphe
Demonstrators are expected to follow these routes:
• Tour Total Coupole > Pont de Courbevoie > Pl. de la Porte de Champerret > Pl. d'Estienne d'Orves > Cadet > rue La Fayette > Bd Magenta > Barbès > rue de Clignancourt > rue Muller > Parvis du Sacré Coeur
To follow the developments of Saturday’s movements please refer to https://paris.demosphere.net/rv/69464
Disruption to the Métro and other transport services are likely, including the closures of the following stations (https://www.ratp.fr/travaux-manifestations/manifestations):
• Lines 1, 8 and 12: Concorde
• Lines 1 and 13: Champs-Élysées Clemenceau
• Lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A : Charles de Gaulle Etoile
• Lines 1 and 9: Franklin D. Roosevelt
• Line 1: George V and Tuileries
• Line 12: Assemblée Nationale
• Line 13: Varenne
• Lines 9 and 13: Miromesnil
• Lines 8, 13 and RER C: Invalides
Furthermore, several bus lines are likely to be deviated in these areas.
The RATP has also specified that the reopening of the stations will be carried out upon approval of the Préfecture de Police.
Outside of Paris, demonstrations and protests are also expected in other cities, particularly in Lyon and Strasbourg.
In Lyon, protests are expected to take place around the Place Antonin-Poncet from 13h30. The local authorities have banned protests in the city centre. More information can be found here: http://www.rhone.gouv.fr/…/Mise-en-place-de-perimetre-d-int…
In Strasbourg, protests are expected to take place around the Place de la République from 10h00.
As advised in the Travel Notice of 16 March 2019, please exercise a high degree of caution during the demonstrations and protests, which can be violent, especially when protesters clash with law enforcement officers. Please monitor local media for the latest developments on the protests, as they may evolve, avoid areas targeted by protesters and heed all public safety instructions issued by the local authorities. Please also take into account disruptions to traffic circulation and public transport services and allow for more time to get from one place to another.
More generally, whether you are resident or travelling in France, we would encourage you to eRegister with MFA at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/…/common/preLoginEregisterView… if you haven’t already done so. This would help us contact you should it become necessary. For those of you travelling in France, you may be well advised to purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
We hope that notwithstanding the demonstrations and protests, and the necessary safety precautions that you need to take, you and your family would still be able to enjoy the weekend wherever you are in France. As always, should the need arise, please contact the Embassy at +33 6 75 03 25 55.