Céline Carez @leparisien_75
While 500,000 visitors are expected on the avenue in the evening, a safety device giant has been put in place.
Un headache for the Parisians, a security challenge for the ministry of the Interior and the prefecture of police, a mobilization of the military and police giant with, in the background, the fear of the attack, the truck of Berlin…
Yesterday, Michel Cadot, prefect of police, presented the safety device of the night of new year’s eve in Paris, including the unavoidable festive gathering, and informal around the Champs-Elysées (VIIIe), with its cars stored in the garage for the cause of prohibition of movement.
More than 10,000 people mobilised
In total, the night of christmas eve, 10 to 300 men and women will be deployed in Paris and the small crown, which 4, 100 police and gendarmes, 1 700 military operation Sentinel, 2 500 firefighters, 240 private security agents and the mayor of Paris, municipal police officers and more than 350 members of associations for the relief of the people, Red cross… The sad ” novelty “, it is the twenty studs in concrete that will be installed on the Champs-Elysees to cross the road to potential truck-rams. For the rest, the provisions of the last year have been renewed : searching of visitors, video surveillance, ban on firecrackers and selling take-away alcohol, closure of some metro stations, a PC security installed at the Petit Palais… (all the program on http://www.paris.fr/31decembre).
If you intend to join in the festivities, prepare yourself ! And forget the car ! Nearly 500,000 visitors are expected, around the Champs-Elysées, which will be barricaded and filtered out by some 1,700 officials. With its giant screens on the Field and fireworks show projected on the Arc de Triomphe, the celebration is more joyful than last year, after the attacks of November. If Michel Cadot said yesterday that there was not particularly alert attack in Paris, the prefect of police called the Parisians to “remain vigilant and attentive” and recommends calling 17 or 112 ” in the event of suspicious behavior “.