July 14: 125,000 police and gendarmes mobilized throughout France
Some 125,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized on Thursday across the country to ensure the smooth running of the July 14 festivities, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. Gérald Darmanin particularly asks the prefects to ensure “special security” for public transport.
Some 125,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized on Thursday across the country to ensure the smooth running of the July 14 festivities, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. “Due to the high and persistent level of the terrorist threat, particular attention will be paid to the surveillance and control measures recommended by the Vigipirate posture, as well as to the reaction capacities of the units”, wrote Gérald Darmanin in a telegram from the ministry addressed in particular to the prefects. “The security services (…) will have to be adapted to the risks previously assessed by the intelligence services and to the availability of mobile force units”, he continues.
12,000 police officers mobilized in Paris
The minister particularly asks the prefects to ensure “particular security” of public transport and to provide for “immediate consideration of all urban violence and the phenomenon of gangs”. In Paris and in the inner suburbs, the police headquarters mobilizes around 12,000 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters to “fight against crime and prevent disturbances to public order”, said the Ministry of the Interior.
Calls to demonstrate Thursday in Paris, Place de la Bastille, were launched by groups of “Yellow Vests” on social networks.
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