‘The terrorism risk exists each day, everywhere’: Tour de France organizers boost confidence with 23,000 police, counterterrorism commandos, and bomb-sniffing dogs


Tour de France confidence antiterrorism heat troops military guns.JPGA member of a National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, an chosen troops tactical section that specializes in counterterrorism and warrant rescue, during a Tour de France. The section is divided into dual teams, with one following a Tour on a highway and a other by helicopter.Daniel McMahon/Business Insider

FRANCEHere during a world’s largest annual sporting event, a Tour de France, there is a heightened clarity of confidence and troops participation everywhere as organizers have increasing counterterrorism efforts, bringing in 23,000 troops officers and chosen guards to assistance safeguard a reserve of a 198 riders who took a start and a millions of spectators who line a roadside during July’s three-week race.

It comes after a spate of militant attacks around a universe and in Europe, including those in London, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, and Manchester, England. Last year during a Tour, a militant gathering a outpost into a throng of revelers celebrating Bastille Day on a Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, murdering 86 people and injuring hundreds more.

Pierre-Yves Thouault, a partner Tour executive in assign of security, told Business Insider that countless stairs had been taken to boost confidence during this year’s race.

“First of all, a confidence of a Tour is managed by a French government, and a interior apportion links with us,” a Amaury Sport Organization, that organizes a race, Thouault pronounced by a translator. “Twenty-three thousand troops officers and gendarmerie are here for a whole event. Then we have to supplement a foreign-state army as well” — those in Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, where a competition has visited this year.

“In addition, we have a Republican Guard, a goal police, and a private use of a highway for a confidence and a reserve of a race,” he said. “We also have a risk of a militant attack, though this risk does not exist usually in France and it is not associated usually to a Tour. The terrorism risk exists each day, everywhere. On tip of that, we do assistance by adding some-more private security, some-more staff, some-more checking point, some-more control [checks] of a credential process.”

Organizers have combined CCTV cameras and brought in bomb-sniffing dogs, and plain-clothes troops officers are blending in with spectators, Thouault said. There is impasse from a National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, an chosen tactical section that specializes in counterterrorism, AFP reported. The section is divided into dual teams, one following a Tour on a highway and a other following it by helicopter.

And while France strictly stays in a state of emergency, “For a moment, all is good well,” Thouault told Business Insider on Saturday. “I can't tell some-more for confidentiality reasons, though so distant it is OK.” He emphasized that a biggest risk during a Tour was indeed highway accidents, and organizers had implemented training for a lot a drivers in a race.

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