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Eiffel Tower, Several Museums to Be Closed Saturday December 8

Le Parisien is reporting that several Paris institutions will not open on Saturday due to anticipated continued riots by the Gilets Jaunes.

According to the article, the following will be closed:
Eiffel Tower
Musèe d'Orsay
Opera Garnier
Opera Bastille
The Grand Palais
The Petit Palais
Palais de la Découverte
Musée de l'Homme
Musée des Arts et Métiers
Modern Art Museum of the city of Paris
Musée Cernuschi
Victor Hugo house
Musée Cognacq-Jay
Archaeological crypt on the Ile de la Cité underneath the plaza in front of Notre Dame

Police have also reportedly "warned" shopkeepers in the 16th that they might want to stay closed on Saturday.

So far, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps have NOT announced any plans to close Saturday.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for those who will be visiting.

If you will be here, do check the website and Twitter feed of any place you're thinking of visiting.

And as always check the RATP Trafic Info site (and Twitter feeds of various metro and RER lines) for information about metro closures or bus reroutings.

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Kim, I won't be in Paris during that period but my thanks for keeping the gang informed. Fingers crossed that there won't be fatalities, injuries or a lot of property damage. :O(

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I just received notice that our hotel stay near the Eiffel Tower is canceled this weekend due to safety concerns.

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Thank you, Kim. Very distressing.

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Thank you for this information. My family is scheduled to land in Paris on Saturday at 7am. Our plan was to take the metro RBR B to our apartment rental. We get off at Saint-Michel Notre Dame. Looking at all the disruptions caused by the scheduled demonstrations I worry that this may not work. We tried booking a car service but they have cancelled all services for Saturday. Any advice on how to get to our place in the 5th? would you spend your day now that everything is closed??
Thank you!

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Kimberly, are busses running? What about taxis or uber? Also, could you take the RER to a further out destination and then take a taxi from there?

As for what to do on Saturday, you could go to Montemartre and visit that area of the city. That would require a long walk or a taxi ride if the metro is not running, but it's a beautiful area.

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In addition, BHV and Galeries Lafayette (branches at both (Haussmann and Montparnasse) will he closed.

Edit to add: and Printemps

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For information on metro or bus disruptions, please check the site that I linked to in my first post (and Twitter accounts).

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The RATP has finally released its information about which stations it is closing tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, at the request of the authorities.

They have posted at the website I just mentioned that these stations will be closed:
Tuileries (Line 1)
George V (Line 1)
Argentine (Line 1)
Louvre Rivoli (Line 1)
Hôtel de Ville (Line 1)
Saint-Paul (Line 1)
Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (lines 1, 2, 6, and RER A)
Bastille (lines 1, 5, 8)
Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)
Concorde (lines 1, 8, and 12)
Franklin D Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)
Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13)
Ternes (Line 2)
Victor Hugo (Line 2)
Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8)
Havre Caumartin (lines 3 and 9)
Kléber (line 6)
Boissiere (line 6)
Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9)
Chaussée d'Antin - Lafayette (lines 7, 9)
Pyramides (lines 7 and 14)
La Tour Maubourg (Line 8)
École Militaire (Line 8)
Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)
Invalides (lines 8 and 13 and RER C)
Saint-Philippe du Roule (Line 9)
Saint-Augustin (Line 9)
Iéna (Line 9)
Alma Marceau (Line 9)
Miromesnil (lines 9 and 13)
Assemblée Nationale (Line 12)
Solférino (Line 12)
Rue du Bac (Line 12)
Saint-François Xavier (Line 13)
Varenne (Line 13)
Auber (RER A)

In addition they have noted that the following bus lines are likely to be affected (completely closed rerouted, or deviated):
20 21 22 24 26 27 28 29
30 31 32 35 38 39
42 46 47 48
52 53 54 56 58
61 63 65 66 67 68 69
70 72 73 74 75 76
80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87
91 92 93 94 95 96

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Kimberly M Penn, as of now, it looks like the RER B will be running to/from the airport, and St Michel is not mentioned this evening as one of the closed stations, so it might work.

I say might because today the RER B drivers went on one of their spontaneous strikes since someone harassed a driver, and because of course the RATP and SNCF may decide (or be ordered) in the morning to close additional stations than the ones they have mentioned this evening.

I hope you will be able to get in okay.

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Kim (12e) don't you think that Kimberley has a better chance given her early arrival?

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Wow thanks for keeping everyone updated. Those are substantial closures.

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Nigel yes I’m hoping that things will be quiet and smooth for her in the morning. I warn about today's “wildcat” RER B strike just to remind that sometimes problems pop up there when they are not predicted in advance. But of course most of the time these things work normally for everyone! Let's hope it goes smoothly for her in the morning.

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One other note is that the Prefecture de Police has issued this evening a notice that they are closing a decent part of central Paris to road traffic beginning tomorrow early morning. Let me see if I can find a link to that (usually if you go to @PrefPolice twitter feed, they'll have a link.).

Edit to add:
As indeed they do.

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We made it safely!! The metro was super easy...our flight landed at 6:30am so we had no problem. Thanks for all the updates on the closures.

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yay!, kimberlympenn

deep breaths and relief all round.

Don't forget a trip report when you get home....

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... and you made really good time. Great!

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Kimberly I'm so glad you made it just fine. Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow.

So far today looks like lots of protesters but with everything so closed down and such a police presence, there isn't at all the violence of last week. Let's hope it stays that way.

(Two totally separate protesters interviewed on the station I'm watching in the last 15 minutes have expressed frustration that they believe the authorities are are in effect keeping them from protesting.)

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Note that the RATP has also indicated that the following stretches of Metro lines are closed (so you can't get across town by using any of these lines):

Line 1: closed between Gare de Lyon and La Defense
Line 6: closed between Passy and Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Line 8: closed between Richelieu-Drouot and La Motte Picquet Grenelle
Line 9: closed between Richelieu-Drouot and Rue de la Pompe
Line 12: closed between Saint-Lazare and Sèvres-Babylone
Line 13: closed between Saint-Lazare and Montparnasse- Bienvenüe