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Driving restrictions at the 2024 Olympics: what to remember from the hearing of the prefect of police in the senate

2023-11-30T17:48:49.432Z

Highlights: Paris prefect of police explains traffic restrictions during 2024 Olympics. Laurent Nuñez tells Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France of four-layer security system. Perimeter of venue managed by organising committee, protection perimeter where anyone is searched to gain access. perimeter prohibiting motorized traffic and the perimeter regulating motorized Traffic. "It's going to be a moving path, quite limited," says the police chief of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the inner suburbs.


Laurent Nuñez, prefect of police in Paris, came to explain to the senators the details of the traffic restrictions during the Olympic Games


His interview with Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France on Tuesday has provoked many reactions. The reason? An eruptive subject, that of the traffic restrictions caused by the security system deployed during the Paris Olympics in the summer of 2024. In this interview, the prefect of police of Paris, Laurent Nuñez, lists the perimeters he intends to set up around the Olympic sites in Paris and the inner suburbs. A method that he came to defend during a one-and-a-half-hour hearing before the Senate Law Committee on Thursday afternoon.

"These are the usual practices of the police," insists Laurent Nuñez, detailing the four-layer security system around the Olympic venues: the perimeter of the venue itself managed by the organising committee, the protection perimeter where anyone is searched to gain access, the perimeter prohibiting motorized traffic and the perimeter regulating motorized traffic.

"When there are demonstrations, these perimeters are also present"

"When there are demonstrations in Paris or for the Rugby World Cup, these perimeters are also present," the police prefect insists, with the desire to trivialize the nature of the restrictions put in place. He took the opportunity to assure that a period of consultation on the subject had begun and would last until mid-January. The aim is to determine to whom and how to issue exemptions to enter the red zone, the driving ban, by motorised two- or four-wheeler.

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"We've planned a lot of them," Nuñez said, referring to taxis dropping off residents, people who have rented rooms with private parking, doctors, and visitors "from a vulnerable person." "We tried to match these exemptions to people's real personal and economic lives," he continued, recalling that cyclists and pedestrians would be allowed to enter these perimeters. The only exception will be the opening ceremony, with a restricted zone that will also concern pedestrians deployed around the Seine "a few days" before July 26.

Potentially affected persons will need to register on an online platform to have a pass during the relevant period. "A QR code? I don't know, we'll see what people say during the consultations," says Laurent Nuñez, indicating that he relied on a May 2011 decree to deploy this platform. "The state of emergency during the pandemic was a constraint of another level, and a penal one," says the police prefect. For me, the constraint is that you park your vehicle and continue on foot. »

"We must avoid annoying the French as much as possible," said André Reichardt, a senator from the Bas-Rhin region of France who is affiliated with Les Républicains, referring to the unpopularity of the security perimeters deployed each year for the Strasbourg Christmas market. "I feel like a platform is less boring to people. Common sense argues in this direction, but it has to be fluid, otherwise it will be painful for the police officers and for the people concerned," the police commissioner replied.

"A QR code to walk in Paris is completely false"

Questioned on the subject, Laurent Nuñez said that there would be no searches of the trunks of vehicles, unless there was a particular terrorist threat over a given period. Parking your car in red zones? "We're going to regulate parking later," replies the police prefect. We haven't worked on it yet, it's too early. But if we allow residents who have a private car park to enter, it's because we want to leave certain places free. »

"I've read that you need a QR code to walk in Paris, it's completely false," said Laurent Nuñez to the rapporteurs of the mission on the security of the Olympic Games, Agnès Canayer and Marie-Pierre de La Gontrie.

Two particular points were also discussed during this exchange: that of the fan zones, the number of which the police prefecture intends to limit to avoid dispersing private security agents. And that of the passage of the Olympic flame through Paris on 14, 15 and 26 July. "It's going to be a moving path, the traffic jam will be quite limited," says Laurent Nuñez.

"There have been much heavier traffic restrictions than what we are putting in place in other capitals," the police chief said, insisting on his "fluid" exchanges with the International Olympic Committee.

Source: leparis

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