Paris is not afraid of terrorist threats during the 2024 Olympic Games

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French Minister of Sports Amelie Oudea-Castera said that no consideration is being given to moving the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, planned on the Seine in Paris. Next Summer Olympic Games will be organized in the period from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

- We don't have a plan B, we have a plan A in which there are several plans B - Udea-Cadesta told the radio "France Enter".

Two days after an attacker known for radical Islamism and psychiatric disorders in Paris killed a German tourist with a knife and injured two others with a hammer, the sports minister reminded that "the terrorist threat, especially the Islamist one, exists". But "it is not new and it is not specific to France, nor is it specific to games", underlined the minister, who added that everything is being done to minimize it as much as possible with absolute vigilance.

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is to be held on the Seine, between two famous bridges in Paris, and Udaya-Castera stressed that there is no plan B.

- There are a number of possibilities for customization - says Udea-Castera.

She specifically stated the number of spectators during this ceremony, which will be determined in the spring, and which is subject to change. These adjustments will also refer to "the number of celebrations that will be approved in the area and in Paris" and "the management of security perimeters".

When asked if moving the ceremony was part of the plans, the minister said: "That is not a hypothesis we are working on". Faced with concerns over Saturday night's attack near the Eiffel Tower, Oueda-Castera recalled that security measures "will be greatly increased during the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

– There is no doubt that the opening ceremony will be a special security challenge, but we have known that since the first day. We have the capacity to provide that event - are the words of the French Minister of Sports.

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