Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera said on Monday morning that relocating the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, scheduled for next summer, to the Seine in Paris next summer, was not "a hypothesis" currently being considered, despite the risk of terrorism.
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We do not have a plan B, we have a plan A in which there are several plans Bis, "she said at the microphone of France Inter.
Two days after the attack on the Bir-Hakeim bridge in Paris, where an assailant registered for Islamist radicalisation and known to have psychiatric disorders killed a German tourist with a knife and wounded two other people with a hammer, the sports minister recalled that the "terrorist threat, and in particular the Islamist threat, exists".
However "it is not new and it is neither specific to France, nor specific to the Games," said the minister, who ensures to put "everything in order to reduce it to the maximum with a state of absolute vigilance".
The opening ceremony of the Olympics is due to take place at the end of July on the Seine, between the Pont d'Austerlitz and the Pont d'Iéna. Oudéa-Castera said there was no "plan B".
There are a number of adjustment variables," she said.
A "modular" spectator gauge
She cited in particular the number of spectators at the ceremony, which will be set in the spring, and which can be "modulated".
These adjustments will also concern "the number of festivities that will be allowed around the area and in Paris" and "the management of security perimeters".
Asked if the relocation of the ceremony was part of the "second plans", the minister said: "This is not the hypothesis we are working on".
Faced with the concern caused by Saturday night's attack near the Eiffel Tower, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra recalled that security measures would "be greatly enhanced during the Olympic and Paralympic Games".
We undoubtedly have a very special security challenge at the opening ceremony, as we have known since day one," she recalled, listing in particular the resources planned: "Deminers, dog teams (...) We are equipped for all of this."
And there is also the whole system around the security perimeters (...) in particular this Silt perimeter (resulting from the Internal Security and Fight against Terrorism Law, editor's note), but also the so-called red and blue perimeters (concerning traffic, editor's note) which will make it possible to secure the area in depth," she added.
We have the capacity to secure this event," she promises.