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London Olympics/France/security arrangements

Publié le July 31, 2012
Security arrangements in place on French territory during the London Olympic Games – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Interior
Paris, July 24, 2012

In order to deal with the exceptional influx of people transiting through northern France (60 delegations and 450,000 visitors) generated by the Olympic (1) and Paralympic (2) Games, the Ministry of the Interior has taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of individuals (athletes, visitors etc.) and infrastructure.

These measures aim to:

- ensure that cross-Channel links, which will have to cope with exceptional traffic (air, rail and maritime transport) run smoothly and uninterruptedly,

- maintain strict French border controls despite the huge influx of travellers,

- deal with any type of accident, be it health- or weather-related, or terrorist acts.

For this global event, the National Police, National Gendarmerie and sécurité civile [emergency services] will consequently mobilize personnel on the basis of the number of visitors expected and the border checks to be carried out. Other personnel will be put on alert and activated in the event of a major incident.

These security arrangements comprise some 2,500 police, 2,000 gendarmes, and sécurité civile personnel who can be mobilized at any moment.

The prefects of the North, West and Paris defence and security zones will ensure the security of the cross-Channel link and the protection of the ports (Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg, Dieppe, Le Havre, Roscoff, Saint-Malo etc.), the airports (Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, Le Bourget etc.) and the main railway stations (Calais, Paris-Nord etc.).

In cooperation with the British authorities, the Ministry of the Interior has prepared itself to deal with any eventuality and ensure the Games remain enjoyable and go ahead in a calm atmosphere. These security arrangements were also planned to ensure an optimal level of operational coverage is maintained throughout France./.

(1) The Olympic Games will take place in London from 27 July to 12 August 2012

(2) The Paralympic Games will take place in London from 29 August to 9 September 2012