08 December 2018
The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests will likely continue across France on Saturday, 8 December 2018. There will also be heavy police presence. As with the three preceding Saturdays, in addition to major traffic disruptions, the Gilets Jaunes protests may produce clashes with police, destruction and looting of public and private property, vandalism, and other violent behaviour perpetrated by criminal and extremist elements among the protesters in some locations in major cities, including Paris. Significantly, public events have been cancelled and shops and businesses in areas identified as potential flashpoints have been advised to remain closed.
Singaporeans, who are either travelling to or already in France, are strongly advised to exercise a high degree of caution and avoid unnecessary travel to areas targeted by the protesters and likely to be flashpoints. Appended below is a list of such areas in Paris, which are near government buildings, national symbols and monuments:
• Place Charles de Gaulle (where the Arc the Triomphe is located), as well as the avenues and roads radiating from and around the square.
• Opéra and Place de la Concorde, including Place St-Augustin, Boulevard Haussmann, the Élysée Palace, Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme, Avenue de l’Opéra, Place de la Concorde, Rue de Rivoli, Palais Bourbon
• Montparnasse and Place d’Italie, including Hôtel Matignon, Rue de Rennes, the Senate, Montparnasse, Boulevard Raspail, Place Denfert-Rochereau, Avenue du Général-Léclerc, Boulevard Blanqui, Place d’Italie, Les Gobelins, Boulevard de l’Hôpital
• Bastille et République, including Place de la Bastille, Place de la République, Bercy, Boulevard Voltaire and Place de la Nation
They should also avoid any other large gathering and demonstration, monitor local media for the latest developments and heed the instructions of local authorities. Due to disruptions of traffic circulation and public transport, especially in and around the protest areas, they are also advised to allow for more time to get from one place to another.
Singaporeans are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that we may contact you should the need arise. You are also advised to purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
Those in need of consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Paris or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in France
16 rue Murillo, 75008 Paris, France
Tel: +33 6 75 03 25 55
Email : email@example.com
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800 or 8855