French NYE Warnings

Last year, I celebrated New Year's Eve in Times Square in New York City. Luckily, my former roomie Sharon works right above TS, so I wasn't standing in my gold dress and suede heels among throngs of tourists in sub-zero temperatures. This year, I'll be in San Francisco, although I'm little melancholy that I won't be experiencing what NYE is like in Paris. Well, the U.S. Embassy in Paris has sent me a warning anyway. (I registered myself with them and the State Department that I'm living abroad, so I get periodic updates and travel alerts from both agencies.)

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest information on New Year’s Eve celebrations in Paris and other urban centers in France.

Outdoor New Year’s Eve celebrations in Paris and other urban centers in France can be boisterous. Last year, U.S. citizens reported that glass bottles were hurled, extensive public drinking and drunkenness occurred, and sporadic fighting broke out in Paris around the Champs Elysees, the Champ de Mars, and Trocadero. Parked cars being set ablaze is also a fairly common feature of revelry in France, occurring even in upscale neighborhoods.

Violent and boisterous behavior can be expected in spite of increased police and gendarme forces. U.S. citizens who venture out on New Year’s Eve should be aware of the potential dangers mentioned above and are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.

Extensive public drinking and drunkenness? Sporadic fighting? Bottles being thrown? Sounds like any American NYE, or tailgate, to me. Vive la revolution!