Is it safe to travel to #Paris amid Les Gilets Jaunes violence? #Travel

What is the current situation in Paris?

Protest group Les Giles Jaunes’ violent demonstrations escalated this weekend, when French police were forced to use chemical gas to disperse crowds in the French capital.

It came shortly after the campaigners had trashed tourist hotspot, the Champs Elysees, amid a crowd of 10,000.

The French gendarmerie confirmed a “small amount” of the chemical gas was released close to the Arc de Triomphe.

The desperate measure came as the French government banned Yellow Vest protest Paris after Saturday’s rioting caused millions of pounds worth of damage.

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What has the UK Government said about travel to Paris?

The UK Government has updated its travel advice for Paris in light of the ongoing protests.

They warn that the mass action usually takes place on a Saturday.

The recommendations warn: “A number of previous demonstrations have led to violence and extensive damage to property in Paris and in other cities across the country.

“If demonstrations do turn violent, a heavy police/gendarmerie presence is to be expected.

“Motorists travelling through France may continue to experience some delays or blockages caused by local demonstrators - you should drive with caution

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