Simon Leufstedt

Security stepped up as Paris prepares for climate summit

France has been on high alert following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, but now the country is stepping up its security measures even more as UN's COP21 climate summit in Paris opens. Around 150 world leaders are expected to visit the climate summit which will take place between 30 November and 11 December.

2800 police will be on duty at the summit itself while 8000 police will help customs officers to guard France's air, sea and land borders. The security measures are unprecedented and in total over 120 000 police and military troops will be deployed across all of France during the climate summit.

The French government writes:

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In the context of the very serious threat affecting our country, ensuring optimum security for the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) is key to the event’s success. At the beginning of November, the Government took the decision to conduct border controls for one month. These controls will continue for as long as the terrorist threat renders them necessary. The Minister of the Interior has announced special measures with regard to traffic and travel in order to ensure rapid and secure access to the Le Bourget site for delegations, while causing the least possible disruption to journeys for the inhabitants of Paris and the Île-de-France. 120,000 police officers, gendarmes and soldiers are being deployed across the national territory in order to ensure the French nation’s security.

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