Reports: Saut Hermès to go ahead despite recent violent protests on adjacent Champs-Élysées

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Tuesday 19 March - 16h41 | Ian Clayton

Reports: Saut Hermès to go ahead despite recent violent protests on adjacent Champs-Élysées

Next weekend’s Saut Hermès CSI5* show jumping competition in Paris is expected to go ahead despite a recent weekend of violent demonstrations on the adjacent Avenue des Champs-Élysées, according to news reports and other sources.

 - Reports: Saut Hermès to go ahead despite recent violent protests on adjacent Champs-Élysées

Since November, 2018, the ‘gilets jaunes’ or ‘yellow vests’ movement has held demonstrations across France over living costs, social inequalities, tax burdens and other issues. The highest-profile focus of the protests has been on Saturdays on the 1.9 kilometre-/1.2 mile-long Avenue des Champs-Élysées in the French capital, and at different moments, including last weekend, the wider group of protesters has been joined in the streets by individuals who have smashed and looted businesses, set fires and battled police. 

After violent clashes and extensive destruction last weekend on the avenue, which runs between the Place de Charles de Gaulle (Étoile) and its Arc de Triomphe (upper left in the map below) and the Place de la Concorde near the Louvre Museum, the French government replaced the city’s police chief and said it would ban unauthorized demonstrations on the Champs-Élysées and at other locations in the country in the future.

The Saut Hermès takes place in the landmark glass-roofed Grand Palais exhibition hall and museum, which is located beside the famous roadway. Indeed, horses at the elite competition are typically stabled in the tree-lined boulevard area between the stone hall and street. This has led to questions about the safety and well-being of all involved in the event, including of course the equines, given that luxury brands have been a target for some rioters.

But according to French media outlet RMC, a meeting was held Monday at the nearby Élysée presidential palace and authorities decided that the event could be held given the security measures currently being enacted. GrandPrix and Eurosport will have more on the CSI5* Saut Hermès in coming days. For a detailed map of the locations in question, see here. 

 - Reports: Saut Hermès to go ahead despite recent violent protests on adjacent Champs-Élysées


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