France mobilized to ensure Euro 2016 security, says Minister
International sporting events/Euro 2016/security measures – Communiqué issued by the Interior Ministry
Paris, 22 March 2016
A few hours after the Brussels attacks, the Interior Minister chaired a meeting of the Euro 2016 management committee. The meeting, which was planned a long time ago, was co-chaired with Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport.
It brought together the elected representatives of the host cities and the préfets [high-ranking civil servants who represent the state] of the departments concerned, as well as Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux and President of the Euro 2016 Host Cities’ Club.
The management committee’s goal is to share the various data the [intelligence] services have in the security field, so that all stakeholders can play an active role, given the particular situation France and its European neighbours are experiencing.
While the Interior Minister recalled the high level of threats France and its partners are facing, he nevertheless said Euro 2016 will indeed take place, but he stressed the need to be flexible enough to constantly adapt to the situation.
Bernard Cazeneuve emphasized the security operation put in place in the 10 fan zones. Access to these will be made secure and monitored. For example, there will be systematic pat-down searches at entrances. These areas will also be monitored on a permanent basis, using CCTV systems. The state will fund 80% of these CCTV systems – i.e. €2 million.
There will also be reception and guidance points to facilitate the movement of spectators.
The Interior Minister said the state “will shoulder all its responsibilities” throughout the country.
Police, gendarmes, firefighters, first-aid workers and emergency doctors taking part in the event have been specially trained. More than 50 security exercises will take place between now and the Euro 2016 kick-off on 10 June. These exercises are aimed at testing the alert and rescue chains in the event of a security incident. Dozens of scenarios have been imagined, as was the case in Nîmes on 17 March.
With 80 days to go until the start of the competition, the organizers, the cities and the state services are fully mobilized.
Euro 2016 must be an event where everyone can celebrate./.