- Paris’ deputy mayor has reassured Olympics fans ahead of next summer’s games
- He said said that Paris ‘will be the safest place in the world’ during the Olympics
- It came after a has man died following a knife attack near the Eiffel Tower
Paris’ deputy mayor Pierre Rabadan has reassured Olympics fans that Paris will be ‘the safest place in the world’ during the 2024 summer games.
It comes after a German tourist has died and two others were injured following a knife and hammer attack on a street near to the Eiffel Tower on Saturday night.
According to the BBC, anti-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation into the attack, with prosecutor Jean-Francois Richard claiming that the suspect, a 26-year-old French man, had ‘pleged allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS)’ in a video that was posted on social media.
Several events are set to take place near to the site of the incident, including the opening ceremony for the 2024 games, which will be the first time the event will be held outside of a stadium in the history of the summer games.
Speaking on the security that will be present, Rabadan said to BFM TV: ‘We have an exceptional system that will be put in place for the opening ceremony.
Paris’ deputy mayor Pierre Rabadan has claimed that the city will be the ‘safest place in the world’ during next summer’s Olympics
It came after a man has died and two others were injured in a hammer and knife attack on Saturday evening in the city
Anti-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation into the attack, with prosecutor Jean-Francois Richard claiming the assailant had pledged allegiance to the the Islamic State Group
‘It’s awful what happened,’ he added on this weekend’s attacks. ‘Our thoughts are with those who have been affected. We have been monitoring the situation, but there is no second plan specifically.
‘We have a plan in place but there are variables that can be adjusted to ensure the security for the people of the world. There are sufficient measures in place.
‘There won’t be any other place or area in the world that will be more safe than the Olympic Games or Olympic Park.’
The Opening ceremony will take place along the Seine river, with 160 boats set to leave from the Pont d’Austerlitz and travel down the river before concluding next to the Eiffel Tower on the Quai de Grenelle – just 600m from where the attacks took place.
Other questions have been raised over whether Paris will be ready to host the Olympics, with reports claiming that there will be a shortage of 8,000 security guards at the event, out of the 20,000 that will be needed.
Rabadan added that while the attack was ‘awful’ there will be ‘sufficient measures in place’ at next summer’s games
It comes as the opening ceremony is set to see 160 boats travel along the River Seine, past the Eiffel Tower and will end just 600m away from where Saturday’s attacks had occurred
But France’s sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said that the games would not revert on plans to host the opening ceremony on the river.
‘We have no plan B, we have a plan in which there are several sub-plans with a certain number of adjustment variables,’ she said to France Inter radio.
The official was also asked whether the government would be open to changing its plan to hold the ceremony on the river, but responded: ‘This not something we’re working with.’
‘We have the capacity to secure the event,’ she added.
According to Paris 2024 Security director Bruno Le Ray, per Reuters, the games has a security budget of £274.5million (320million euros).