MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday night issued an advisory to Filipinos in France to exercise caution, in view of the violent protests that have been taking place in the French capital and other areas during the past several weekends.
Citing the Philippine Embassy in Paris, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said Filipinos should avoid going to the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Tuileries, Place Vendome, Avenue Friedland, Avenue Kléber, and other parts of France where demonstrations are expected to take place on Saturday.
The Embassy also said Filipinos should refrain from participating in the protests against the imposition of environmental tax on fuel and rising gas prices.
According to Ambassador to France Ma. Teresa Lazaro, more than 400 protesters have already been arrested and charged in connection with the violence.
The Embassy is currently monitoring the situation but the Lazaro reminded all Filipinos, who may require emergency assistance, to call +33620592515. (PNA)
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