Almost 100 000 police officers, gendarmes and military personnel will be mobilized for the evening and night of 31 December and new protective devices such as blocks of concrete will be put in place in response to the attacks, Nice and Berlin.
” the feast of The new year’s eve has always been a time of strong engagement with the piping in a state of drunkenness, fights, fireworks or burnt-out cars. Now, it also takes into account the new threats of terrorism “, ” says a police source.
During the weekend, 36 000 gendarmes and 52 600 police officers, including 4 000 CRS, will be mobilised in France, to which are added those of the prefecture of police of Paris and the 7 000 soldiers of the operation Sentinel. At Christmas, 91 000 police and gendarmes were on the bridge.
a month and A half after the attacks of November 13, in Paris and Saint-Denis (130 dead), new year’s eve 2015 had been minimal in the capital, with the fireworks display canceled. 2016 promises to be more festive. For a sound and light show on the Champs-Élysées, 600 000 people are expected.
concrete Blocks and barriers
” Two thousand agents of control and security and a team of first aiders and medical staff of nearly 400 people “ will be deployed, says the mayor of Paris on its website. The access area will be closed to traffic in the evening will be also surrounded by 3 km of protective barriers.
” concrete blocks and barriers will be installed on large assemblies “, said to the general Directorate of national police (DGPN). “ This event is preparing like every year since several weeks with the prefects, the police and municipalities because municipal police officers are also mobilized, “.New measures taken in response to the bombing jihadist from December 19, to Berlin, where 12 people were killed on a market on Christmas eve by a truck-aries launched on the crowd. A modus operandi similar to that of the attack in Nice on the evening of 14 July (86 deaths).
terrorist Threat very high
In Nice, 150 police officers will be mobilised on Saturday night with the support of the police’s elite Raid, according to a police source, confirming information of the le Figaro. In Strasbourg, they will be 350 police officers and 200 military ; in Toulouse, 200 police officers, according to the same source.
The terrorist threat ” still very high “ in France, had estimated before Christmas the boss of the police, Jean-Marc Falcone in an interview with the Sunday Newspaper.
” After the experience, alas, of the attack, the Nice, the attack of Berlin confirms that it is necessary to put in place a safety device of high intensity, both active and passive, on the large gatherings “, he added.
The ministry of the Interior will activate the 31 December the Centre for operational police (COP) made up of representatives of the police, the gendarmerie and the prefecture of police. The COP ” is enabled, but it is hoped that it will not be necessary. It manages this unusual, large events such as attacks, not the everything-coming “, ” says a police source.
The ” nest “, what are the pipes in a state of intoxication, for example. So, from Friday evening to Sunday evening, 500 officials of the directorate of the public order and traffic (DOPC) of the Paris police prefecture will set up 128 control points in the paris area.
The weekend of Christmas in Paris and the inner suburbs, 615 offences have been identified, of which 42 offences recorded (lack of permits, insurance, driving…) and 573 tickets upright (non-submission of papers, speeding, use of mobile phone while driving…).