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09 Dec 2019 | 06:07 AM UTC

France: Protest planned in Paris December 10

Unions plan protest in Paris on December 10 to denounce pension reform; heightened security measures and transportation disruptions likely

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Event

Several civil society groups and trade unions plan to protest in Paris on Tuesday, December 10, to denounce the government's proposed universal pension reform. In Paris, participants plan to gather at 13:30 (local time) at Place Vauban before heading to Place Denfert Rochereau via Avenue de Villars, Boulevard Montparnasse, and Boulevard Raspail. Additional protests are expected in other urban centers across France, notably in the Paris region.

A heightened security presence along with localized transportation and business disruptions are anticipated near all demonstration sites. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

Over 500,000 people protested across France on Thursday, December 5, to vocalize their opposition to the planned pension scheme. Ongoing nationwide strikes have erupted on December 5, affecting all forms of transportation. Strikes may continue for an undermined time if the government does not signal it will abandon its pension reform, while it is expected to propose its project on Wednesday, December 11.

Advice

Individuals in Paris and across France are advised to closely monitor developments of the situation, anticipate significant transportation disruptions, plan alternative routes and budget additional travel time in areas affected by the general strike, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.