Riots to close Paris tourist sites

French unions and students protest in 2016
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In France, tourist sites in Paris will be closed on Saturday and security forces have been deployed around the country in preparation for further street violence. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 89,000 police officers will be on duty across France and armoured vehicles will deployed in Paris.

The Arc de Triomphe was damaged last week during “yellow vest” anti-government protests, leading authorities in Paris to step up protection for famous landmarks. The operator of the Eiffel Tower said the threat of violent protests on Saturday made it impossible to ensure “adequate security conditions”. According to Culture Minister Franck Riester, the Louvre and Orsay museums, opera houses and the Grand Palais complex are among other sites that will be closed. “We cannot take the risk when we know the threat,” he said.

Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has explained three key travel insurance takeaways for travellers with plans to visit Paris. First, it advised that cancelling their trip is likely not covered by travel insurance as civil unrest, riots and acts of war are almost always listed as exclusions in Trip Cancellation-style travel insurance policies. Second, it said that travellers who purchased the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade with their policy may be covered to cancel their trip and, third, for insured travellers currently in Paris, there may be coverage to evacuate them.