France Travel Warning Issued Due To Widespread Street Riots

France Travel Warning Issued Due To Widespread Street Riots

British travellers have been urged to reconsider their travel plans to France as the nation enters a third day of unrest on the streets of Paris. 

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice page for the country to warn anyone travelling to the city or surrounding areas that their holiday could be disrupted by the demonstrations.

“Since 27 June, protests have taken place in Paris and other locations across France. Some have turned violent. The protests may lead to disruptions to road travel or targeting of parked cars in areas where protests take place. You should monitor the media, avoid protests, check the latest advice with operators when travelling and follow the advice of the authorities.” 

Foreign Office Press Release

The advice adds: “If demonstrations do turn violent, a heavy police/gendarmerie presence is to be expected. Avoid demonstrations wherever possible and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Clashes first erupted on 27 June in and around the Paris suburb of Nanterre. The unrest was due to the death of a 17-year-old by police officers.

Fires and clashes have been reported in various French cities overnight, from Toulouse in the south to Lille in the north, but the main area affected is Nanterre.

Is it safe to visit Paris?

Every year, around 17 million British tourists visit France and most of the visits are free of trouble, but the ugly scenes over the past couple of days could understandably cause some concern.

Most of the city is unaffected by the unrest and the vast majority of it is confined to non-tourist areas. However, transport and businesses could be disrupted as a result. 

The Interior Ministry of France has announced that an extra 2,000 police officers would be brought into the worst affected parts of the city. 

As a precaution before travelling, check if your plans will be affected. If you find yourself close to any protests, the advice is to leave the impacted area.

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