— Published 20 April 2023

Police deployed in Paris

No reason to wait. Gérald Darmanin (photo above), the French Minister of the Interior, intends to take the lead in ensuring the security of the Paris 2024 Games. On Wednesday 19 April, he announced a sharp increase in the number of police officers in the capital from this year, in anticipation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. In total, 2,800 new police officers will be assigned to the Paris area this year. AFP reports that their mobilisation will be staggered over time: 500 from May, 436 in September, 1,200 in November and 656 in December. Last year, Gérald Darmanin had explained that he wanted to create 1,000 new police posts in Paris within five years. His objective has been significantly increased thanks to the adoption of the law on the orientation and programming of the Ministry of the Interior (Lopmi). With a budget of 15 billion euros, it provides for the creation of 8,500 police and gendarmerie posts over five years.