CIEE Security Alert – France (Update 2)
CIEE continues to closely monitor the “Yellow Vest” protests. All CIEE participants in France remain safe and unharmed by recent events. Today, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he was abandoning a proposed fuel-tax hike in an attempt to prevent further unrest.
CIEE Paris had no notable developments today and will remain in contact with participants regarding the possibility of more demonstrations occurring nationally on Saturday. Toulouse was generally quiet with only some isolated demonstrations in a few high schools and some transportation disruptions. Overall in Toulouse, classes were unaffected, but CIEE High School students did not attend school today, as per yesterday’s precautionary plan communicated by local CIEE Staff. CIEE High School students in Toulouse will also not attend school tomorrow due to reported plans for additional demonstrations. In Rennes today, there were several student general assemblies in both local high schools and universities to discuss university access and tuition increases, but no classes were disrupted.
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.