City tourism: Operators Update

Situation in Paris - 7 December

Situation in Paris

News reports have been concentrating on the potential for disturbances from ‘Gilet Jaune’ demonstrations that are scheduled to take place in Paris this Saturday. As a precaution, many of the major sites and businesses in Paris are going to be closed.

These closures will be disappointing to those planning to visit such venues. A list is obtainable here. It ought to be stressed that much of Paris outside the immediate centre appears to be open as usual.

There are many other options that visitors can and should see in the vicinity. Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chartres Cathedral and Chateau Fontainebleau will open. The Paris Tourist Office in Gard du Nord will be there to offer further information.

Tom Jenkins, CEO of ETOA said “Last week’s disturbances, photogenic though they were, were restricted to a small area around L’Etoile. We anticipate that the authorities, who are taking extraordinary safeguards, will keep any disruption minimised. The closures are to be regarded as an extreme precautionary measure.

We anticipate that business will return to normal on Sunday, with all attractions, shops, museums and parks open as usual. Paris will be back in business.”

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