Paris and Brussels ban protests linked to French 'Freedom Convoy'

Police in Paris have temporarily banned so-called "freedom convoys" from the French capital city.

Paris (CNN)Authorities in both Paris and Brussels have announced a ban on protests linked to the so-called "Freedom Convoy" that is scheduled to arrive in the French capital from Friday.

Following the "Freedom Convoy" in Canada -- which has seen truckers protesting against vaccine mandates, Covid-19 restrictions and the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- demonstrators in France have launched a similar initiative against the country's vaccine pass, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.
One convoy of around 100 people left Nice on Wednesday morning bound for Paris, according to BFMTV.
    A map from the French convoy organizers shows protesters coming from across the country along five main routes toward the city. It also highlights the demonstrators' plans to then drive north to Brussels, Belgium's capital. The convoys are due to reach Paris between February 11 and 14.
      On Thursday, Paris police announced restrictions on protests in the city from Friday to Monday, "due to the risk of public order offenses which could stem from this gathering." The convoys had the objective of "blocking off the capital."
      A man puts a poster reading "Liberty Convoy" on a van before departing for Paris, in Bayonne, southwest France, on Wednesday.
      The mayor of Brussels also banned the convoy from entering the Belgian capital the same day.
      Philippe Close said that in conjunction with the Belgian Minister of the Interior and the Minister-President of the Brussels Capital Region, the city made the decision to deny admission to the convoy "because there was no application" for the protest.
        In a tweet, he wrote: "Resources are being put in place to prevent the blockage of the Brussels Capital Region.
        "The police zones, with the help of the federal police, will divert motor vehicles coming to the capital despite the ban."
        "This cooperation between the three levels of government aims to influence public order in the capital as little as possible," Close added.