The Court of Auditors has sounded the alarm for the security of the 2024 Olympics

A confidential 76-page report, revealed by Le Canard enchaîné, recommends the anticipation of a general and massive mobilization of material and human resources to ensure security.

The Court of Auditors sounds the alarm on the preparation of the 2024 Olympic Games, judging “needed“to step up to meet the security challenge”enoughthat this event represents the particular opening ceremony of the Seine and thetorch relay“. In a confidential 76-page report, revealed by Le Canard enchaîné and which was read by AFP, the Court insisted on almost every page of the need to anticipate a general and widespread movement of material and human resources to ensure security.. The final version of this report is expected by the end of the year.

Two years before this event of global effects, and facing the urgency of the situation, President Emmanuel Macron met on Monday at the Elysée including Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin to take stock.

Following the chaos at the Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, doubts have emerged over France’s ability to provide security for the Games (July 26-August 11, 2024). In this regard, reading this preliminary report is alarming because it lists all the deficiencies that will be considered in the D-2 years: hospital capacity, public safety, health, terrorist risks, cyber risks , problem with accepting population games…”We greatly underestimate the security challenges posed by the organization of these Olympic Games and we are working in close collaboration with all the services concerned.“, AFP assured the organizers of Paris 2024.

Taking lessons from the London Olympics in 2012, which promoted a reduction in costs and resources allocated to security, the document already recommends planning to pay for a “possible deficiency» of private security agents, where 24,000 agents are needed every day. It thus suggests being able to call up the army and the operational reserves of the police and gendarmerie.

Reduce the fleet

A more precise definition of security needs becomes urgent“, write the authors of the pre-report. The overall security plan (…) must be consolidated, updated and strengthened“, they continued, adding:”It is necessary to make decisions and enter the stage of planning operations and organizing resources“.

The Court apparently evoked the opening ceremony, which had never happened before. Conceived by Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, it was designed as a large parade on the Seine river and accessible to the public. It was planned in the first project a fleet of 200 boats and 600,000 spectators. Not surprisingly, he suggested reducing the fleet, making simulations before the ceremony and adjusting the calendar of events on the day and the day after the opening ceremony of “reduce pressure on security forces“. Former Paris police prefect Didier Lallement judged “not reasonable» this ceremony as it is envisioned.

Another concern istorch relay», from mid-April to July 26, 2024, a journey of 80 days for a journey of approximately 12,000 km. The Court said that the route could be reduced, many councils of the department refused to finance the transmission of the flame because of the uncertainties of the economic effects it could have. To ensure security, it recommends entrusting responsibility to the gendarmerie, given its experience in securing the Tour de France, and having “a flexible approach” thus having the classic distribution between the police and the gendarmerie.

The pre-report further pleads for “general plan of actionin terms of cyber security, because of “widespread development of risks“. To prevent drone attacks, it is proposed that a “3D foam at low altitude to secure the airspace around the places and places of celebration“.

The Court specifically discussed the subject of sailing events in Marseille and insisted on the need for their organization to be accepted by the population. In this regard, it is considered that the beaches, especially the Prado, should be fully accessible to the public for the duration of the Games, “important condition for the acceptance of the event and an issue of public order“. “There are a number of recommendations in this report that we are already working on“, underlined Paris 2024.

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