Is it safe to travel to France right now? Country bans fireworks ahead of Bastille Day

French cities have been rocked by violent protests in recent weeks. Here’s what you need to know about ongoing tensions.

Riots across France earlier this month left some holidaymakers feeling unsure about their upcoming trips to the country.

After the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk during a police traffic stop on 27 June, Paris and other major cities saw nightly, violent protests.

Six says of riots culminated in 850 people being arrested on the weekend of 1-2 July. Since then, the most serious unrest seems to have abated.

But there are concerns that it could be ignited again after a peaceful protestor was tackled to the ground by police on Saturday. Youssouf Traoré

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