To safeguard the Paris 2024 Olympic Games opening ceremony from potential drone attacks, France is deploying 35,000 security and military personnel.
The opening ceremony will take place on a 6km stretch of the River Seine and will feature 160 boats carrying athletes and officials from over 200 countries. With an expected turnout of over 600,000 people.
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin has highlighted the new threat drones pose to the event. Despite having established protocols to detect and combat traditional threats, such as bombs and armed assailants, the arrival of drones carrying explosives presents a unique challenge for security forces.
“Drones represent a totally new threat,we’ve done a lot of work on the classic threat, whether it’s delinquents, whether it is a person armed with a weapon, a bomb… We know how to detect and combat this threat.We’ve done a lot of work on the classic threat, whether it’s delinquents, whether it is a person armed with a weapon, a bomb… We know how to detect and combat this threat.”
The opening ceremony will be the first held outside of a stadium at a summer Games, and organisers plan to display the Olympic flame on the Eiffel Tower, albeit not on its top.
The Paris 2024 Olympics are scheduled to run from 26 July to 11 August.