Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Local residents likely to protest in the northern suburbs of Paris, France, in the coming days against perceived police brutality.

This alert affects Paris

This alert began 22 Apr 2020 19:17 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Demonstrations
  • Location(s): Paris (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Heightened security; isolated clashes

Summary
Local residents in the northern Parisian suburbs, particularly in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and Aulnay-sous-Boishave, have been protesting against what they perceive as 'heavy-handed' treatment of ethnic minorities by French police during the COVID-19 lockdown. Demonstrators have protested and occasionally clashed with police at night since April 20; police responded with baton charges and tear gas. Further demonstrations and clashes are likely in the coming days.

Additional police have deployed to the area. Heightened security may lead to transport and business disruptions. Clashes between demonstrators and police are likely.

Background and Analysis
The protests erupted after a resident of Villeneuve-la-Garenne, reportedly from an immigrant background, was critically injured after colliding with an unmarked police vehicle the night of April 19. Similar protests are possible in other Parisian suburbs and major cities in France in the coming days and weeks.

Advice
Avoid all protests. Allow additional time to reach your destination if operating in the northern suburbs of Paris in late April. If violence breaks out, leave the area immediately. Strictly heed the recommendations of authorities. Confirm private transportation.