France Says 90,000 Security Personnel to Be Used Euro 2016Gregory Viscusi and Gaspard Sebag
About 90,000 security personnel will be mobilized for the European soccer championships this summer, which will be held in a country still under emergency rule following last year’s terror attacks.
The total includes 13,000 employees of private security companies, with the rest coming from various police and emergency services, according to a fact sheet released Wednesday by the Interior Ministry. Part of the 10,000 military personnel that have been guarding key sites since last year’s attacks will be used to protect the tournament, focusing in particular on transport infrastructure.
The government has rejected calls from opposition politicians to cancel Euro 2016, which begins June 10 and runs for a month with 51 games in ten cities. The main highlighted risks are the so-called “fan zones,” where spectators can gather to watch games on big screen TVs.
Organizers say that everyone entering the fan zones, one of which will be on the Champs de Mars park near the Eiffel Tower, will be searched by security forces.
France has been under emergency rule since Islamic militants killed 130 people last November in and around Paris, allowing police to ban gatherings and put suspects under house arrest.