Just after we posted yesterday’s piece about riots and disruption on Saturday, the authorities in Paris announced that a large number of tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay and Musée du Louvre, will be closed due to fears of violence.
Concerts and football matches have also been cancelled, and local authorities in 15 areas around the capital have asked people to ‘remove anything in the streets that could be used as projectiles.’ Nearly 90,000 police officers will be deployed in an effort to keep the unrest peaceful.
Please click through to read: Travel Advice: Shops and restaurants to shut as Paris braces for more violence on Saturday – advice, info and resources
This piece contains information, advice and useful Twitter accounts for you to follow, to help you stay safe. We also set out four risks travellers should be aware of.
On Thursday, 140 people were arrested in Mantes-la-Jolie after a protest outside a school lead to clashes with the police. Students were reportedly forced to kneel and put their hands behind their heads by the police, causing outrage on social media. This sort of police response could further heighten tensions.
A shop near the Place de la Bastille in Paris is barricaded up ahead of expected violent protests this weekend.
Major tourist sites including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre museum and scores of shops on the Champs Elysees will also be closed https://t.co/Y5LW9c06yv pic.twitter.com/UIJOlLg9JU
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 7, 2018
Which sites will be closed?
This is the Paris Tourist Information‘s list of museums and tourists sites that will be closed on Saturday (as of 10:30am GMT on Friday) –
- Main information point of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau – Hôtel de Ville
Museums, monuments and gardens
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
- Crypte archéologique de l’île de la Cité
- Fondation Louis Vuitton
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
- Les Catacombes
- Maison de Victor Hugo
- Musée Cernuschi
- Musée Cognacq-Jay
- Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris
- Musée des Arts et Métiers
- Musée d’Orsay
- Musée de la Franc Maçonnerie
- Musée de l’Homme
- Musée de l’Orangerie
- Musée Eugène Delacroix
- Musée du Jeu de Paume
- Musée du Louvre
- Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet
- Musée Nissim de Camondo
- Opéra Bastille
- Palais de la Découverte
- Palais Garnier
- Palais de Tokyo
- Pavillon de l’Arsenal
- Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris
- Sainte Chapelle
- Tour Eiffel
- Comédie Francaise – Salle Richelieu
- Comédie Française – Studio-Théâtre
- Lido de Paris
- Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
- Théâtre Marigny
- Théâtre du Rond-Point
- 58 Tour Eiffel
- Another Paris – Le petit train bleu
- Big Bus: cancellation of night tour Saturday evening.
- OpenTour: cancellation of tours all day
- Shops on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées
- Shops on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
- Festival électro, Peacock Xmas Party
- Noël des animaux
- Festival électro INASOUND
Please note – this is not an exhaustive list. If you are planning to visit somewhere in Paris, you should check to see that they will be open before setting out.
What you should look out for
Traffic disruption – make sure you have sufficient time for any necessary journeys. Be aware public transport could be busier than normal, and could be targeted by protesters.
Ambulance strike – the US Embassy mentioned in a tweet on Monday that there was an ongoing ambulance strike. Be aware that the emergency services will likely experience disruption, both responding to the strikes and protests, and potentially taking part in them.
Vandalism – previous protests saw damage to shops, cars, monuments and other infrastructure. Avoid crowds where possible so you do not get caught up in this. Cars were set on fire – be aware the fire could spread, and that the smoke can be very harmful, especially to children and the elderly. There were reports of large stones being thrown as well.
Tear gas – the police responded to protests with tear gas. This can drift and cause health problems. This article sets out what to do if you are hit by tear gas.
If you are in the area, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware clashes could occur without warning, so keep an eye on the movement of people.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored on your phone and in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only. We have suggested some accounts to follow below.
- If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
The US Embassy highlighted the following as useful English language news sources
- https://www.ratp.fr/travaux-manifestations/manifestations (for information on Metro closures)
TWITTER ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
- Australian Ambassador Brendan Berne – @AusAmbFR
- British Embassy – @UKinFrance
- Canadian Embassy – @CanEmbFrance
- Irish Embassy – @IrlEmbParis
- U.S. Embassy – @USEmbassyFrance
Please click through to Thursday’s article for more travel advice and information. If you are in Paris, hope you stay safe!
Headlines and news coverage
The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musée Delacroix and Paris Opera will all be closed this weekend due to the gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”) protests https://t.co/Y46glZy2we
— CNN International (@cnni) December 7, 2018
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 7, 2018
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 7, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 6, 2018
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