Inauguration in Paris of the Corporal Alain Mimoun camp for the safety of competitions | EUROtoday

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UOlympic feat. After 65 days of development, the Alain-Mimoun corporal camp (1921-2013) was inaugurated on Friday July 5, on the Reuilly garden, within the 12e arrondissement of Paris. What different identify might have been higher related to this camp than this hero of the French military who turned the primary French Olympic marathon champion on the Melbourne Games in 1956?

The Foire du Trône and its colourful rides have given strategy to impeccable rows of gray-black chalets mounted on stilts. Topped with small blue, white and pink flags, the constructions normally accommodate exhibitors from the Paris Air Show. They have been remodeled into barracks with about fifteen locations every. Between the camp beds, screens give the troopers slightly privateness. No home windows, nonetheless, solely neon lights and the doorways (left open) on the ends permit the room to be lit.

Up to 4,500 navy personnel

There are 700 troopers from the Sentinel Olympic Games power who’ve already taken up residence on this camp of extraordinary dimensions. With a capability of 4,500 troopers, the navy enclave is the biggest constructed for the reason that current exterior operations in Afghanistan and Africa. It far exceeds the Gao camp in Mali, which housed as much as 2,000 personnel on the top of Operation Barkhane, till the departure of the final French troops from the nation in August 2022.

Since the Second World War, the City of Light has not seen such a deployment of an armed power inside it. Spread throughout fifteen websites in Paris and the Île-de-France area, 10,000 troopers, the equal of a division, will present a part of the safety for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with patrols. In the air, they are going to be chargeable for anti-drone fight.

Combat swimmers will examine the Seine and the 180 boats that may host the athlete delegations for the opening ceremony of the Games on July 26. Soldiers from the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2nd REG) of the Legion will “clear” the assorted websites, that’s, verify for the presence of explosives, specifically with the assistance of canine groups. Finally, 400 troopers might be chargeable for elevating the flags in the course of the 876 medal ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A small, self-sufficient city

Located as shut as potential to the centre of Paris, the Caporal Alain-Mimoun camp meets a mobility constraint for the Sentinelle forces: “Being less than thirty minutes from an Olympic site”, explains the navy governor of Paris, Army Corps General Christophe Abad. Since 12e district, the patrols will be capable to attain the ring street or the A4 motorway, two main transport routes.

Like a small city, the camp, provided with water and electrical energy, has an infirmary, a laundry room (open 7 days per week, the place laundry is returned inside 24 hours), bogs (showers and bogs), sports activities areas, in addition to a technical space for car upkeep. An antenna can obtain 4G. On a floor space of ​​31,000 m², the restaurant occupies 5,000. A service can accommodate 2,300 individuals on the identical time. “With 4,000 soldiers to feed, we will be at four tons of food per day, or two semi-trailers,” calculates Malik Lartot, head of the positioning representing the military commissary, the general public institution chargeable for logistics and assist for the armies.

The variety of occupants of the camp won’t ever attain the entire capability, however should fluctuate between 3,800 and 4,200 troopers. After a peak of 13,700 troopers on July 14, then 11,000 deliberate for the opening ceremony on July 26, the variety of troopers in Operation Sentinelle within the Paris area stabilizes at 10,000. It will drop after August 11, the date of the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, earlier than rising once more to 9,000 troopers slightly earlier than August 28, with the opening of the Paralympic Games. A major dedication for the French military, which is each a relay and a marathon.