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Paris Protests

Political Unrest Casts A Shadow Over Parisian Concerts And Cultural Institutions

A French protestor stands in front oa burning vehicle in Paris on Dec. 1st. (Alexandros Michailidis /
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PARIS, France (CelebrityAccess) — With the threat of political unrest looming in Paris for this weekend, French authorities have curtailed activities in the public sphere.

According to Le Monde, multiple museums and cultural heritage sites across Paris will be closed this weekend, including the Eiffel Tower, many shops and museums across Paris, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, and the Grand Palais, have been closed on Saturday for safety reasons.

Petit Palais, the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, but also the Museum Cernuschi, the house of Victor Hugo, the Cognacq-Jay Museum, the archeological crypt of the Ile de la Cité, located under Notre-Dame, and the Catacombs have also been shuttered by authorities.

The cancellations have extended to the performing arts as well. The Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier, the Marigny Theater, the Comédie-Française (excluding the Vieux-Colombier), the Champs-Elysées theater, the Olympia, the Lido and Winter Circus have all pulled the plug on planned performances. The House of the radio canceled planned concerts and tours for the weekend.

AccorHotels Arena announced that a concert by the French hip-hop duo BigFlo & Oli slated for Saturday night had been postponed until Sunday.

Authorities also have canceled six French league soccer matches around the country.

However, the Paris Trianon reported that despite the potential for unrest, this Friday’s concert by Patrick Watson and Saturday’s Lily Allen show were still a go.

As well, The Bobino Theatre will be open despite the potential for turmoil and will host a performance by the Mozart Group quartet as planned.

Cirque du Soliel’s production Totem, which is in Paris until next month is also planning to proceed with performances this weekend at Plaine de Jeux de Bagatelle.

Protestors known as the Yellow Jackets, have been engaged in protests in Paris and other parts of France since Nov. 17th. The protests, sparked by a fuel tax, have seen the yellow jackets and other protestors pressing for a wider range of benefits from the government for workers, students, and retirees.

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