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More police in northern France for Olympic Games

Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Four and a half thousand police and security personnel are being deployed in France to deal with the influx of travellers heading to London for the Olympic Games, the French Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday.

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60 delegations and about 450 thousand visitors will be travelling through northern France on the way to the Games, according to the ministry.

“The operation is designed to cope with all types of risk and threat and can be re inforced at any moment if necessary, said spokesperson Pierre-Henri Brandet.

The security presence will be most noticeable at the Eurotunnel terminal and channel ports, as well as the train stations at Calais and the Gare du Nord in Paris but also airports and other train stations.

Those deployed are expected to be able to deal with natural accidents as well as terrorist incidents.

“There is, of course, a considerable risk of terrorism. We remain extremely vigilant,” said Brandet.

The French ministry stressed the close co operation with British services so that the Games would “run smoothly and be a time of celebration.”

 

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