— Published 7 September 2022

A thousand new police officers before the Games

No joke. Elisabeth Borne, the French Prime Minister, took advantage of the inauguration of a new central police station in Paris on Tuesday 6 September to announce that 1,000 new police officers will be assigned to the capital between now and the Olympic Games in 2024. Present at the inauguration, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, then specified on his Twitter account that “eleven new mobile force units” will be created, i.e. more than 1,000 police officers and gendarmes. He added that these new assignments will strengthen “the fight against crime and drug trafficking” and should contribute “actively to the security of the Olympic Games”. The announcement of this new security plan in the French capital comes more than three months after the fiasco of the Champions League football final at the Stade de France.