British travellers planning pre-Christmas trips to Paris have been warned that many tourist attractions will be shut tomorrow due to planned demonstrations against fuel price hikes.
An number of museums and tourist sites in central Paris will be closed, including the Eiffel Tower, due to potentially violent anti-government protests
Shops on the Champs Elysées and surrounding streets, as well as some Metro stations, will also be shut.
The warning came as French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced that 89,000 police officers will be on duty across the country and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a travel advice alert saying: “Protests against fuel prices linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement continue across France, leading to blocked roads and motorways in some areas.
“Demonstrations are also planned in Paris on Saturday 8 December, which could be widespread and could cause extensive disruption.
“Recent demonstrations have led to violence and extensive damage to property.
“In preparation for Saturday’s expected demonstrations, which may again turn violent, the authorities have announced that a number of museums and tourist sites in central Paris will be closed.
“You should be aware that substantial numbers of police and gendarmerie officers will be present in central Paris to ensure security.”
The FCO added: “Outside Paris, related demonstrations are likely to occur in other towns and cities across the country.
“Motorists travelling through France may also experience delays or blockages caused by demonstrators at motorway toll booths.
“In all cases, you should avoid any demonstrations if at all possible and follow the advice of the local authorities.”
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