Travel Alert - Protest in Paris, France (18/10/2020)


Charlie Hebdo and teachers unions call for Sunday rally in Paris, France

Where: Place de la République - Paris, France

When: Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm

Why: Samuel Paty was murdered for showing Muhammad caricatures in one of his classes on Friday, 16/10/2020


For your safety, please avoid following areas 

  • Place de la République
  • Avenue de la République
  • Rue du Temple
  • Boulevard du Temple
  • Boulevard Saint-Martin
  • Boulevard de Magenta
  • Rue Lenon Jouhaux

Last update: 19/10/2020 at 06:00 GMT+2. See UPDATES for more information.

19/10/2020 at 06:00 GMT+2

  • Thousands of people gathered for a large demonstration in Paris on Sunday afternoon after the murder of history teacher Samuel Paty (47)
  • People took to the streets all over the country. In Lyon, there were 6,000 participants in a similar demonstration, in Strasbourg more than 2,000
  • Demonstration was peaceful. No conflict reported. No injured protesters

Safety Advisory - Protest

If you are in the area of the incident, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Some protests have resulted in violence and/or looting. Even protests which are intended to be peaceful can become violent.

What can go wrong

  • Violence
  • Threatening
  • Noise can make communication difficult
  • Communication can fail
  • Group of people can be there because of the wrong reasons
  • Police can use force
  • Police can you the pepper spray
  • Group of people who do not think the same as you and other protesters can attack you

How to stay safe:

  • If you hear that a demonstration is taking place, avoid the area or stay in your accommodation until you are sure that it is safe to go out
  • Establish where the demonstration has taken place, and if possible avoid the area
  • If you come across a demonstration, don't become inquisitive, just leave the area and find another route to your intended destination
  • Do not run
  • Be calm and focused: when things get most intense, react to danger or warning signs
  • Know your rights
  • Avoid direct police contact

Interacting with the police

  • If you are stopped by police, be calm and cooperate. They are not enemies
  • In case you are arrested, do not argue with the police. Know your right, and ask for a lawyer immediately
  • If your friend or family members is in the clash with police do not confront them. Try to be calm, and ask them to move back from the police. Be the voice of reason
  • If you need emergency assistance, calmly approach to police and ask them for help

Safety Advice

  • If you are attending to protest write down emergency numbers.
  • Always inform your friends or family members that you are going to protest
  • If protest escalates, immediately find safe space.
  • Remember, it's not about you. Maybe you are angry, but the act of violence is not an answer
  • For your safety, always be accompanied by minimum one person
  • Be aware that undercover police may be in the crowd
  • Do not put yourself in danger. Your words need to be heard, but your safety is priority
  • Protect your mobile phone privacy


Due to current events, exceptional measures have been introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


  • Bars, cafes, and terraces are closed until further notice
  • Shopping centres and department stores remain open (not more than one customer per 4 m²)The parks and gardens are open, until October 30Maximum capacity of 1,000 people for major events
  • Groups of 10 people in public places (outdoors and indoors) are prohibited
  • The sale of alcohol to take away and the consumption of alcohol in public places is prohibited from 10 pm
  • As of Friday, 28 August 2020, and until further notice, wearing a face mask is compulsory in public areas and enclosed spaces, throughout the city of Paris and in the Inner Suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne, under penalty of a fine of 135 euros.
  • Children under 11 years of age and persons engaged in physical activity such as running and cycling, and persons riding scooters and motorbikes are not required to wear a mask in the public areas
  • Wearing of a mask is compulsory for those over 11 years of age on all public transport, and failure to comply is subject to a fine of 135 euros.

For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit ParisInfo 

For your safety, please avoid the following areas

  • Place de la République
  • Avenue de la République
  • Rue du Temple
  • Boulevard du Temple
  • Boulevard Saint-Martin
  • Boulevard de Magenta
  • Rue Lenon Jouhaux



Emergency Numbers

The national emergency numbers are:

  • 112 - Unique Emergency number in the EU
  • 15 - a medical emergency
  • 17 - police
  • 18 - fire brigade
  • 115 - social emergency
  • 119 - abused children
  • 116000 - missing children
  • 114 - National centre for emergency calls for users with disabilities