Saturday, July 9, 2016

Euro-2016: Security “exceptional” Sunday on the Champs-Elysées, not Monday parade – Le Parisien

U n exceptional safety device is scheduled for Sunday on the Champs-Elysees after the final of Euro-2016, but if France win, the Blues there can not parade as in 1998. Three
1400 police and gendarmes will be deployed Sunday evening on the famous Parisian avenue after the France-Portugal, regardless of the winner, announced Saturday the press the prefect police Paris, Michel Cadot, alongside Mathias Vicherat, the chief of staff of the mayor of Paris.
“it is a device that can be described as exceptional,” said the prefect, “in any case of unusual for an event of this type.”
“crowd movements are very difficult to manage security exercise,” he argued, referring to the “crazy car”, which after the 1988 football World Cup, had crashed into the crowd of fans on the Champs-Elysées. 150 people were injured, one fatally. Add the terrorist threat, he said, and the risk of breakage.
By contrast, MM announced. Cadot and Vicherat, nothing special is planned the next day on the avenue, unlike 1998 when the winners were paraded on board their bus in front of cheering crowds.
For technical reasons, “this is not possible, we can not consider letting circulate the masses (people) Monday” on the Champs-Elysées, said the prefect.
– 700 police in transport –
He has invoked the provisions for the ceremonies of July 14, for which the barriers begin to be installed and official visits planned next week
chief of staff and the. prefect would not elaborate on possible other place could scroll the Blues if they win. The “discussions are ongoing”, they said.
On means Sunday night, the police commissioner said that nearly 1,300 police and gendarmes would also be deployed at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis where the meeting will take place ., nearly 1,400 in the fan area of ​​Paris, more than usual
device in public transport has also been boosted 700 police patrol upstream in transport used by supporters to get to the stadium , on the lookout for thugs or supporters equipped with smoke.
traditional measures since the beginning of the competition, terraces and bar chairs, alcohol away, will also be banned near the fan zone and the stadium La France. And traffic and parking prohibited around “the most beautiful avenue in the world” even before Sunday night.
“Coming soon” to the fan zone of Mars is the key word, the two officials have warned . It risks being “quickly saturated” and closed accordingly. Over 90,000 people are expected and this is the limit, they said.
Controls have also been added to the usual filtering. Its scope will be “broader,” the prefect to enable to close the access if needed.
The two men praised the Euro security balance without prejudice to what may be spend Sunday. The fan Parisian area attracted around 1.2 million viewers. the Stade de France more than 650,000. Without incident, they said.


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