France, Strike, Level 4: Ongoing countrywide protests and strike actions; general strike on 23 March – France [Update 37]

Update 2023-03-17 (2): According to reports, demonstrations resumed at around 7 am on Friday (17 March, local time) in Paris. Demonstrators reportedly blocked the northern Paris Ring Road near Porte de Clignancourt. It has been reported that demonstrators planned to set up so-called filter dams as well as roadblocks to disrupt traffic on several other roads in Paris. The police reportedly have since intervened. The unions have called for additional demonstrations countrywide throughout the weekend and until the next general strike on Thursday (23 March). Various local strike actions in several sectors, including transport, are also likely to continue in the meantime.

Update 2023-03-17 (1): According to the sources, hundreds of people have been arrested following the clash between security officials and protestors on Thursday (16 March). Reportedly, substantial material damages were seen following the incident. Security officials used water canons and tear gas to disperse the protestors. Protests also occurred in Champs-Élysées, Marseille, Dijon, Nantes, Rennes, Rouen, Grenoble, Toulouse and Nice. Moreover, a new nationwide protest has been planned for 23 March.