My family's trip to Europe is fast approaching and my mother is rather worried about all of the rioting that has been going on in Paris. I was wondering if anyone that lives there or has been there recently could tell me where most of it has been, if it’s spreading, getting better or worse and so on. If anyone has any information to share that would be amazing since I keep getting conflicting stories online. Thanks again!
Here is a quick summary of what the situation is, from here.
Students and Unions have gone on strike and are demonstrating against a new type of work contract that has been imposed by the government. The latter being quite stubborn, it does not want to withdraw it and waits until the movement dies of itself.
The problem is that students are not the only one present in the demonstrations. Young gang members from the suburbs were there during the recent ones, hence the burned cars and assaulted people. During the demonstration of last Thursday, the police stood still while these guys were pillaging the whole Invalides area and attacking students and union members there. By doing so, the government hopes to discourage students from going to further demonstrations. It has done so before with some success (I am not partisan here, this is a fact).
There is a new nationwide demonstration scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday, March the 27th). Depending on its outcome, the movement may slowly die of itself, or the government may abandon its law. If neither of this happens, things may go on, but I think the worst has already happened. Students have to prepare their exams, they cannot stay on strike forever.
I think you can safely visit Paris, even if the strikes and demonstrations continue. The main thing is: do NOT get caught in a demonstration. If you do get caught between the line of riot policemen and students, try to exit the area as fast as you can as if there are guys from the suburbs, you would be an easy prey for them.
Thanks! We will just have to keep our eyes and ears open. Please let me know if there are any further developments.