We are currently 9 days before the start of EURO 2016 in France, and Paris and the surrounding areas are currently facing one of, if not the worst floods since 1910. the banks of the river Seine have flooded, villages are having their elderly evacuated and the weather forecasts aren't really promising for the next few days.
In addition, there are large scale protests around the entire country because of measures taken by the Valls government concerning employment reforms, which include mass strikes, road blocks, street protests, power outages,... In effect, many people are unhappy with the measures and are voicing their discontent.
There is also the state of emergency following the November terrorism, but I already created a question about that a few months ago. this is about the consequences of these more recent issues beyond the state of emergency, meaning the weather and the mass protests.
Hopefully the floods and protests will end before EURO 2016, but in case they continue to cause concerns, what are the consequences for tourists that plan on visiting Paris and even staying a few nights for EURO 2016? Assuming that there are consequences, obviously.
- Could the metro be shut down?
- How about buses and the Peripherique?
- The airports?
- Could any major tourist attractions also be closed?
- In case the floods and discontent become really severe and the Valls administration has to take extra measures, what effects could those measures have on EURO 2016 and tourists?
- In general, what extra precautions should tourists planning to visit take to avoid problems?
These questions may sound somewhat vague and irrelevant, but to my knowledge, these are the most extreme circumstances that a major sports event in Europe has had since the end of WWII:
- Inclement weather;
- A national state of emergency caused by recent terrorism;
- An economical recession that we're only just climbing out of;
- Large scale union actions;
- Corruption scandals in the organizing body;
- An ongoing migration crisis;
and probably some other stuff I forgot. I would be extremely surprised if there wasn't at least some consequence of all this for tourists beyond what was mentioned in the answers to the state of emergency question linked above.
Note: while this question is tagged paris, it's entirely possible that other cities where a match is hosted could also be affected by any of these 6 extreme circumstances. In this case, feel free to mention the other hosting cities that could suffer from these or similar consequences.