During the Nice Carnival 2016 – F. Binacchi / ANP / 20 Minutes
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The exact number of reinforcements obtained to secure the parade, nothing has filtered. But “they are in any case quite satisfactory for that we have decided to keep this edition of the Carnival of Nice,” pointed the deputy to the safety Christian Estrosi, on Monday.

Six months after the bombing of the promenade des Anglais and a few days of the first release of the King power on Saturday, the organisers and the authorities have indicated that they have put in place a safety device reinforced, but especially “innovative” for this edition (from 11 to 25 February) circumscribed around the coulée verte.

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” We will implement a new approach, new ways and even sometimes fun to do in the face of a threat remains high in France “, stated the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes Georges-François Leclerc, denying in saying more.

The entries controlled by 36 gantry metal detectors

” We’ll get substantial reinforcements, and an innovative device set up very closely with the mayor’s office with which we are working on the subject since the month of November “, has also added the State representative.

The course has also been reviewed. Exit the promenade des Anglais for the traditional battle of flowers. They will be playing on the same course as that of parades. Around the green casting. In an enclosure which is completely closed by the ” palisades occultantes “.

The eleven access to the heart of the area of the festivities will be protected by 36 metal detectors, according to the city. “They will be surrounded by 200 private security agents that will be passed to the file to ensure their integrity,” said Christian Estrosi.

according To the elected, 65 officers of the municipal police will also be stationed at these entrances. There will be 45 other dedicated to the traffic around the facilities of the Carnival and a further 20 at the Center supervision in urban (CSU), the nerve centre of the video-nice.

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“An essential economic activity for the city”

In total, the strengthening of the security would represent an additional cost of 300,000 euros, according to the office of tourism of Nice. On a total budget of 6 million euros. And for spin-offs estimated at more than € 30 million each year.

” The Carnival represents an essential economic activity for the city of Nice, has been recalled by the mayor Philippe Pradal. It is part of the DNA of Nice, it is normal for it to be maintained. And that we do not abdiquions not in the face of terrorism “.

Some 240.000 tickets had been sold for the Nice Carnival 2016. The tourist office of Nice, which organizes the event, hopes that attendance is at least equivalent this year.

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