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Advice on travel to Paris this weekend

Following incidents in Paris during the last week and plans for further disruption this weekend, the Foreign Office has issued advice to anyone travelling to the French capital.

A Foreign Office website says 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 (December 8) which “could be widespread and could cause extensive disruption”.

The statement adds: “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.

“Shops on the Champs Elysées and surrounding streets, as well as some Metro stations, will also be closed.

“You should be aware that substantial numbers of police and gendarmerie officers will be present in central Paris to ensure security.”

Paris La Defense Arena, which hosts Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup fixture between Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers, is to the west of the city’s main central tourist areas. The hosts are not expecting any disruption around the game but advise visitors to avoid the city centre during Saturday's protests.

The Foreign Office warns that 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.”

If you are crossing the Channel, please check the website of your operator before you set off.

For full details, see the Foreign Office website by clicking here.