Security in Paris 2024: the “anti-terrorist perimeter” was extended for the opening ceremony

Three months after the parade on the Seine River and hours after the arrest of a 16-year-old teenager, the Paris police established new security measures and stated: “The terrorist threat remains very high, even if there is no concrete threat.”

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Some metro stations will be closed on the day of the opening ceremony
Some metro stations will be closed on the day of the opening ceremony

Security in Paris 2024 continues to be the main focus of attention for the authorities three months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and in the last few hours new anti-terrorist measures have been announced.

The Paris Police Chief, Laurent Nuñez, explained to the press that “there is an anti-terrorist perimeter that has a series of controls” and revealed that they decided to “extend it to all buildings that have a view of the Seine River, beyond what was established by the organizers”.

Núñez explained that the metro stations near the Seine river will be closed during the opening and also museums, such as the Louvre and the Orsay. In addition, the official mentioned that the measures will reach the buildings that are in the immediate vicinity: “Neighbors who invite friends to their balcony on the day of the ceremony will have to be registered (on a digital platform), but their presence will not be restricted.”

Laurent Nuñez, head of the Paris police, spoke to the press about the new
security measures for the Olympic Games. (EFE/EPA/CHRISTOPHE
PETIT TESSON/archive)
Laurent Nuñez, head of the Paris police, spoke to the press about the new security measures for the Olympic Games. (EFE/EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/archive)

The conference was also attended by the president of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, Tony Estanguet, who announced that there will be about 220,000 spectators who will be able to attend the inauguration for free. In addition, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said that some 20,000 people, including residents and merchants, will be affected by the anti-terrorist perimeter. A few days ago, the authorities announced that to enter they would have to present a QR code.

The announcement of this new security measure came after a 16-year-old teenager was arrested after expressing, on Telegram, his intention to make a belt with explosives to detonate at the Olympic Games.

“They haven’t arrested him in the Paris region, but this shows that the terrorist threat remains very high, even if there is no concrete threat. The excellence of our secret services, who have arrested him, is also demonstrated,” said Nuñez, and reiterated that the work related to security is being carried out “collectively in plan A”, which is the parade of delegations down the Seine River on July 26.

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