France to deploy 90,000 cops to patrol New Year’s Eve festivities | EUROtoday

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Security can be tight throughout France on New Year’s Eve, with 90,000 regulation enforcement officers set to be deployed, home intelligence chief Céline Berthon stated Friday. Of these, 6,000 can be in Paris, the place French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin stated over 1.5 million individuals are anticipated to attend celebrations on the Champs-Elysees.

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Speaking at a press convention, Darmanin cited a “very high terrorist threat” as a result of, partly, of “what is happening in Israel and Palestine,” referring to the Israel-Hamas battle.

Darmanin stated that police for the primary time will be capable to use drones as a part of safety work, and that tens of 1000’s of firefighters and 5,000 troopers would even be deployed.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Paris will heart on the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, together with DJ units, fireworks and video projections on the Arc de Triomphe.

The safety problem forward of the Olympics was highlighted when a vacationer was killed in a knife assault close to the Eiffel Tower on Dec. 2. Large-scale assaults — akin to that on the Bataclan in 2015, when Islamic extremists invaded the music corridor and shot up cafe terraces, killing 130 folks — additionally loom in reminiscence.

The knife assault raised concern in France and overseas about safety for the Games that start July 26, in just below seven months. But regulation enforcement officers seem keen to indicate off a security-ready Paris.