CIEE Security Alert – France
CIEE continues to closely monitor the “Yellow Vest” protests throughout France. All CIEE participants in France have been confirmed safe and unharmed by recent events.
The demonstration, which began in mid-November, which relate to discontent from rising fuel prices and taxes, also involve other interest groups who have used this opportunity to capitalize on growing dissent, and express their disapproval of specific government policies. Today, the French government has announced a suspension of the fuel tax increase in an effort to end the unrest.
Over the weekend, there were demonstrations across France. In Paris, where there were large gatherings at multiple locations, over 4,000 riot police were deployed, resulting in confrontations between the police and rioters. While the protests have not directly impacted CIEE’s Paris Center, there have been some limited University disruptions involving French students protesting against higher tuitions.
Around Toulouse, the protests have spread to several High Schools and CIEE has asked all Toulouse high school participants to remain home tomorrow and to avoid the vicinity of any political gatherings and protests until the situation stabilizes. In Rennes, the CIEE Center reports no disruptions.
The safety and security of our participants, faculty, and staff is our first priority. CIEE Participants have emergency contact information for CIEE staff members, who are available at all times. We have also advised participants to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to ensure they receive the latest information about security issues from the U.S. Embassy.
CIEE staff is in regular contact with the U.S. Department of State, and we have reviewed emergency plans and tested protocols to ensure the utmost responsiveness in the event that emergency action is needed. CIEE is part of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a division of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the U.S. Department of State, and we coordinate with a consortium of security professionals that works with more than 60 other colleges and institutions throughout the U.S.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with our participants to ensure their ongoing safety. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.