— Published 30 October 2023

A tenfold increase in safety

One meeting is over, the next is looming. The day after the 2023 Rugby World Cup final at the Stade de France, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has already switched gears to talk about the Paris 2024 Games. And once again, he has returned to the issue of security. After drawing up a very positive assessment of the Rugby World Cup, marked by the mobilization of 11,000 members of law enforcement and around 3,000 municipal police officers, 4,880 anti-crime operations and 781 arrests, Gérald Darmanin promised that security for the Olympic Games and its opening ceremony on the Seine in Paris would be “tenfold” compared to that of the Rugby World Cup. “The Ministry of the Interior will be ready to organize the opening ceremony, to ensure the safety of spectators and teams,” he explained on Sunday October 29 during a visit to the Saint-Denis police station. We’ll be perfectly on hand.”