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France bolsters security measures for New Year amid terror concerns

France bolsters security measures for New Year amid terror concerns Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The French government has announced an increase in the number of police officers and soldiers for New Year's celebrations due to fears of potential terrorist attacks, reports Reuters.

According to the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, approximately 90,000 police officers will be deployed throughout France for New Year's celebrations, including 6,000 in Paris.

Additionally, 5,000 soldiers from the "Sentinelle" unit, created to counter terrorist threats, will be deployed.

"I have called for an extremely high turnout of police and security forces given the context of the very high terrorist threat due to, clearly, what is happening in Israel and in Palestine," he said.

New Year in Ukraine

Maksym Akhramieiev, Chief of the Police Department for Preventive Activities, noted that the curfew during the New Year holidays would not be lifted.

"We will treat with understanding those who violate the curfew in extreme cases, for example, when people return from work or go to a medical facility. However, these will be isolated cases. Police will respond to each violation of the curfew, both by citizens and by entertainment venues," he said.

Akhramyev emphasized the ban on using pyrotechnic products, including fireworks.

Previously, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ihor Klymenko, announced that the government wanted to introduce fines for violators of the curfew. This followed several scandals in Kyiv and regions where restaurants were operating during the curfew.

It's worth noting that Ukrainians have been warned of significant fines for using fireworks and other pyrotechnics on New Year's.