Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year under high security in France – The Point

More than 100,000 police officers, gendarmes and military personnel will be mobilized for the evening and night of 31 December and new protective devices such as blocks of concrete will be put in place in response to the attacks, Nice and Berlin.

“the feast of The new year’s eve has always been a time of strong engagement with the piping in a state of drunkenness, fights, fireworks or burnt-out cars. Now, it also takes account of the new terrorist threats,” says a police source.

During the weekend, up to 36,000 gendarmes and 52.600 police officers, of which over 4,000 CRS, will be mobilised in France, to which can be added the 7,000 officers of the police prefecture of Paris and the 7,000 soldiers of the operation Sentinel. At Christmas, 91.000 police officers and gendarmes were on the bridge.

a month and A half after the attacks of November 13, in Paris and Saint-Denis (130 dead), new year’s eve 2015 had been minimal in the capital. 2016 promises to be more festive. For the pyrotechnic spectacle on the Champs-Elysées 23: 30, between 400,000 and 600,000 people are expected to attend.

Some 1,700 public servants will be on hand for the festivities on the Champs-Elysées and the surrounding area, detailed on Friday, the police prefect Michel Cadot during a press conference. The places will also be secured by 1.7 km of barriers, 24 pins heavy-duty, five baffle plates and vehicles of the forces of law and order.

A pre-filter will be performed from 20: 00 to the public by private agents of the city hall of Paris. The Christmas market will be closed at 18: 00 and the arc de Triomphe from 16: 00. Police officers in dress but also in civil will be circulated among the crowd and in cafes throughout the evening.

- Not alert specific -

“of The concrete blocks and barriers will be installed over the large gatherings” in France, warns the general Directorate of national police (DGPN). “This event is preparing like every year since several weeks with the prefects, the police and municipalities because municipal police officers are also mobilized.”

new measures taken in response to the bombing jihadist from December 19, to Berlin, where 12 people were killed on a market on Christmas eve by a truck-aries launched on the crowd. A modus operandi similar to that of the attack in Nice, who was 86 died in the evening of 14 July, on the promenade des Anglais, just after the fireworks — the safety device that is deployed in the mediterranean city for the national holiday had been at the heart of a controversy.

A Nice, 150 police officers will be mobilised on Saturday night with the support of the police’s elite Raid, according to a police source, confirming information of le Figaro. In Strasbourg, they will be 350 police officers and 200 military; in Toulouse, 200 police officers.

The terrorist threat “remains very high” in France, they had estimated before Christmas the boss of the police, Jean-Marc Falcone.

the ministry of The Interior will activate the 31 December the Centre for operational police. “But we hope that it will not be necessary. It manages what is unusual, the big events such as attacks, not the nest,” says a police source.

The “nest”, these are the pipes in a state of intoxication, for example. In total, on the paris area, this is 10.300 police officers, gendarmes, police, military, firefighters and staff from the city and community who will be on the bridge on December 31, including 4,100 police of the prefecture, some 1,400 police officers and gendarmes of the forces mobiles, 1.700 military operation Sentinel, a 2,500 firefighters, 240 private security agents and the city, the municipal police and more than 350 members of associations for the relief of the people.

the prefect of The Paris police request to “stay alert and attentive” and “in the event of suspicious behavior, call 17 or 112″. “There was no specific alert on Paris and the paris region these last few days”, says he.

30/12/2016 16:09:33 – Paris (AFP) – © 2016 AFP


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