14th July: As many as 86,000 Police and Gendarmes Mobilized in France

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86,000 police and gendarmes will protecting Bastille Day events on the 14th July

SAFETY: Balls and popular events will be monitored, as well as the “high traffic” tourist areas …

Their mission, ensuring the safety of French and tourists participating in the Bastille Day festivities.  Nearly 86,000 police and gendarmes and 7,000 soldiers of the Sentinel operation and 44,000 firefighters will be mobilized on the 13th and 14th July.

Balls and popular events will be monitored, as well as the “high traffic” tourist areas, says a statement from the Interior Ministry, with “special attention” paid to stations and airports.

The Interior Minister, Gérard Collomb also asked the prefects to assess potential threats against the “big events of the summer” to deploy appropriate measures, including if necessary “anti-intrusion devices and filtering “.

No fewer than 11,000 police and gendarmes in the capital

In Paris, nearly 11,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized for the traditional festivities, including on Friday, the military parade on the Champs Elysees which will be attended by the US President Donald Trump, said the police headquarters on Tuesday.

A free opera concert is scheduled in the evening on the Champ de Mars before the Bastille Day fireworks from the Eiffel Tower, the statement said of the Interior.  Safety zones are well established on the Champs-Elysees and the Champ de Mars.

Air and maritime security deployed in Nice

Each access to these areas will be protected by “pads or anti-vehicle rams”, explained on Tuesday by the prefect of the police, Michel Delpuech, recalling the recent attacks in the capital, “the assassination” of a policeman on the Champs -Elysées in April, an attack on a police patrol in front of Notre Dame and that of a police van on the Champs Elysees in June.

Moreover, in Nice, a year after the attack on the Promenade des Anglais (86 dead) , a commemoration is planned around the families of the victims, attended by President Emmanuel Macron, several members of the government and numerous personalities.

Nearly 1,200 members of the security forces will then be mobilized, says the Interior, as well as “several hundred firefighters, municipal police, private security guards and volunteers.” Maritime and aerial devices will also be set up.

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