French government trying to keep summer fun secure

AP News
Posted: Aug 03, 2016 11:02 AM
French government trying to keep summer fun secure

PARIS (AP) — France's Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has promised to maintain as many summer events as possible despite some cancellations for security reasons following recent attacks in the country.

"When the conditions are not met to ensure maximum security, of course local governments can make a decision to cancel some events", Cazeneuve told reporters. The issue was discussed at a defense council Wednesday.

Cazeneuve said 12,500 reservists have joined police forces to support extra security measures.

About 10,000 troops are also patrolling in crowded areas and sensitive sites such as airports and train stations across the country.

Several cities and towns have downsized or canceled some summer festivities following the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed 84 people.

Marseille, La Baule, Avignon and others have canceled their fireworks displays in August.

Marseille's authorities also called off a major air show which was expected to draw 100,000 spectators next week.

In Paris, a car-free day on the city's famed Champs-Elysees boulevard scheduled on Aug. 7 and a street basketball tournament which was to feature NBA star Kobe Bryant have been called off.

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Free film showings that usually take place outdoors all summer have been authorized only if they are moved indoors.

The popular Paris Plages, a monthlong beach event along the Seine River, has been maintained with concrete barriers added around the area to guard against a repeat of the attack in Nice.

In that mourning city on the French Riviera, the "Prom' Party" that usually turns Nice's seafront into a dance floor on the second half of August has been canceled.