It has been five hundred years since a pope came to Marseilles. For Francis' visit to go smoothly, an exceptional security device will be put in place, "the most important that is remembered in the city," says the prefect of police, Frédérique Camilleri. Especially since the city has to deal with two other major events: the Rugby World Cup and its thousands of supporters but also the opening this weekend of the Marseille Fair, traditionally very busy the first days. On Friday and Saturday, the city will live under high surveillance, with no less than 5000,<> police and gendarmes deployed in the public space, to which is added a thousand private security agents whose reliability had to be checked, thanks to a rigorous passage to police files.
The main threat is the terrorist risk, which is still present. Possible militant actions are also to be feared, while the city will become during...
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