Friday, 10 June 2016

France: Security ahead of Euro 2016

France Euro 2016: Hollande warns unions against disrupting tournament

French President Francois Hollande has warned against attempts to disrupt Euro 2016 with strike action, as the football tournament gets under way.France has been in the grip of industrial action, mainly over reforms to labour law. Train drivers are threatening to strike on a line serving the Stade de France in St Denis just outside Paris, where France play Romania in the first match. 
Meanwhile, a brawl in Marseille led to two England fans being arrested.
Tear gas was fired and police in riot gear were on the streets after the incident outside a pub shortly before midnight on Thursday. England play Russia in the city on Saturday.

'Just not normal'

Football fans arriving in Paris and several other cities this week have been greeted by the sight and smell of uncollected rubbish sacks as trade unionists blockade incinerators. The country is also on high alert since the jihadist attacks on Paris in November, and is recovering from flood damage in central and northern regions.
Mr Hollande said everyone had a duty to ensure that the competition was allowed to proceed without incident.  "I appeal to everyone's sense of responsibility because if the state must do its duty - and it will, it will take all the measures that are necessary," he said on Thursday.
"At the same time, it is also necessary that those who are taking part in actions, or who are organising them should also shoulder their responsibility... so that this great event can be a shared popular festival."

Sports Minister Thierry Braillard appealed to the unions to think about the football fans.
"While there are times when strikes can take place, we are now on the eve of an event during which they are going to prevent some fans from getting to the stadium," he said. "That's just not normal."Environment Minister Segolene Royal echoed his appeal to the unions, saying: "France's pride is at stake." 

Strikers defiant But train driver Berenger Cernon, secretary general of the CGT union at the Gare de Lyon in Paris, was unapologetic.

France releases terror alert app ahead of Euro 2016

The French government has released a mobile phone app to alert the public in the event of a terrorist attack.
The app is being released ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament, which starts on Friday.
It will alert geo-located users "in case of a suspected attack", the interior ministry said in a statement (in French).  The government said the app was developed after November's attacks in Paris. which killed 130 people.  On Tuesday, the British Foreign Office warned that stadiums, fan zones and transport hubs were possible targets for attack during the football tournament.
Users will be able to sign up to receive alerts in up to eight different "geographical zones" in addition to their present location. Alerts will offer a brief description of what has happened as well as advice on how to stay safe
They will not cause the phone to vibrate or emit any sound in order to ensure that anyone hiding at the site of an attack does not alert the attackers, Metro News reported.  The government has stressed that users' privacy will be protected.  Later versions of the app will also alert users to other types of emergencies beyond attacks, including floods and industrial accidents, officials said.  It is available to download for phones running both iOS and Android operating systems.
Shouldn't this sort of allert be covering all EU?  SDR just wonders when EU has all the resources and most small nations only have a emergency number to ambulance and police like Finland Sweden and Denmark etc...

  • 90,000 police and other security officials to patrol fan zones and stadiums
  • Paris to have security force of at least 13,000 to patrol two zones and two stadiums
  • Seven million people expected to visit 10 French cities from Lille in the north to Marseille in the south
  • State of emergency in place after last November's jihadist attacks in Paris in which 130 people died
  • Officials deny a report that Paris prefect Michel Cadot asked for the Eiffel Tower fan zone to be shut

"It's not us who determine the calendar," he said. 
"We did not decide that the Euro will take place on this date. There is a social movement going on now, the re-organisation [of labour] continues, the labour law continues. 
"We want the negotiations on the collective agreements be open for everybody. So yes, clearly this will disturb the Euro [tournament] and we will continue the strike."  He added that efforts were under way to try to resolve the situation although so far they only concerned the state rail company (SNCF).
Nearly 3,000 tonnes of waste have gone uncollected in Paris, according to the authorities. Zahier, a waiter in a restaurant in the Latin Quarter where rubbish spilled out of bins into the narrow, cobbled streets, told AFP news agency: "Customers are looking out at the dustbins, so obviously it's making them lose their appetite."
Another problem is a planned four-day Air France pilots' strike, set to start on Saturday as many football fans fly in. Talks broke down on Thursday but Air France chief executive Frederic Gagey said he expected that 70%-80% of flights would operate on Saturday.