Crews Traveling to Paris – Use Caution and Avoid Protest Areas
January 1, 2019
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee
Since November 17th, there have been ongoing “Yellow Vest” protests in Paris and they are expected to continue throughout the New Year’s Holiday. The French government has deployed more than 147,000 security forces in anticipation of New Year’s Eve protests. These protests have the potential to turn violent without notice. For this reason, it is strongly recommended by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Paris that you exercise caution while in Paris.
The U.S. Embassy in Paris has warned that protests are possible across France with the largest gathering expected in Paris, where thousands of people are expected to attend a protest on the Champs-Élysées. While organizers have called for protests on December 31st to be non-violent, the possibility of violence cannot be discounted.
It is for this reason the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy recommend the avoidance of tourist areas. While our Flight Attendant crew hotel is located outside the known protest area and a move from that hotel is not anticipated, the situation is fluid and subject to change without notice. Always ensure another member of your crew knows your whereabouts or how to reach you. Keep in mind there could be detours and traffic disruptions which might affect not only crew transportation but also your ability to return promptly to the hotel.
Crew Members traveling to Paris are cautioned to avoid protest areas and large gatherings and to remain situationally aware. Monitor local media for updates and developments as well as www.state.gov for updated guidance as well as the International SOS app for updates.