The Court of Auditors is sounding the alarm for the security of the 2024 Olympic Games

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

The Court of Auditors is sounding the alarm about the preparation of the 2024 Olympic Games, judging “imperative“accelerate the pace to meet the security challenge”considerablethat this event represents in particular the opening ceremony on the Seine and thetorch relay“. In a confidential report of 76 pages, revealed by Le Canard enchaîné and of which AFP has read, the Court insists on almost every page on the need to anticipate a general and massive mobilization of material and human resources to guarantee security A final version of this report is expected by the end of the year.

Two years before this event of worldwide impact, and given the urgency of the situation, President Emmanuel Macron met on Monday at the Elysée with Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin to take stock.

After the chaos of the Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, doubts have been raised about France’s ability to provide security at the Games (July 26 to August 11, 2024). . In this sense, the reading of this preliminary report is alarmist insofar as it includes all the shortcomings to be taken into account in the D-2 years: hospital capacity, public safety, health, terrorist risks, cyber risks, problem of acceptability of games by the population…”We are very humbled by the security challenges posed by the organization of these Olympic Games and are working in close collaboration with all the services involved.“, Paris 2024 organizers assured AFP.

Taking lessons from the 2012 London Olympics, which had highlighted an underestimation of the costs and resources allocated to security, the paper already recommends planning to compensate for a “probable deficiency» of private security agents, of which 24,000 agents would be needed every day. It thus suggests being able to resort to the army and the operational reserves of the police and the gendarmerie.

Reduce the fleet

A more precise definition of security needs is becoming urgent“, write the authors of the preliminary report. It is necessary to consolidate, update and stabilize the global security plan (…)“, they continue and add:”It is essential to make decisions and enter the phase of operational planning and organization of resources“.

The Court obviously evokes the unprecedented opening ceremony. Desired by Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, it is designed as a grand river parade on the Seine and accessible to the public. In the initial project, an armada of 200 ships and 600,000 spectators were foreseen. Unsurprisingly, he suggests reducing the fleet, running simulations before the ceremony and adjusting the schedule of events on the day and the day after the opening ceremony to “reduce the pressure on the security forces“. The former police prefect of Paris Didier Lallement had judged “unreasonable» this ceremony as planned.

Another concern is thetorch relay», from mid-April to July 26, 2024, a journey of 80 days over a route of approximately 12,000 km. The Court notes that the route could be reduced, with several departmental councils refusing to finance the passage of the flame in the face of uncertainty about the economic repercussions it could generate. To ensure security, he recommends entrusting the responsibility to the gendarmerie, given their experience in securing the Tour de France, and having “a flexible approach” thus with the classic distribution between police and gendarmerie.

The previous report also calls for a “global action planin terms of cyber security, due to the “massive risk development“. To avoid drone attacks, it is suggested that a “3D bubble at low altitude to protect the airspace around venues and venues“.

The Court deals particularly with the issue of nautical events in Marseille and insists on the need for its organization to be accepted by the population. In this sense, he considers that the beaches, in particular the Prado, must be fully accessible to the public for the duration of the Games.important condition for the acceptance of the event and a matter of public order“. “There are a number of recommendations in this report that we are already working on“, stressed Paris 2024.

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