Full security requested for France’s presidential election
Paris, 1 March 2017
The National Defence and Security Council met to examine the vigilance measures put in place for the presidential election campaign. It noted the additional protection measures taken for the computer systems involved in the election process.
To ensure the campaign and vote are not marred by any malicious actions, the French President asked for all necessary state resources to be deployed.
In view of the cyber threat, the National Cybersecurity Agency may be called upon by the national presidential election monitoring commission and the Constitutional Council, the guarantor of the election.
From 21 March onwards, the Vigipirate plan [anti-terrorist mechanism involving armed forces] will include all necessary measures to ensure the security of public gatherings linked to the campaign and the ballot.
The Council also examined the terrorist threat to national territory, as well as developing international crises.
It took stock of the Iraqi forces’ offensive to recapture the western part of the city of Mosul from Daesh [so-called ISIL] and the support French forces are lending it as part of the international coalition.
It welcomed recent progress in implementing the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali, which should lead to the establishment of the interim authorities agreed by the parties and to the continuation of joint patrols./.