Mr. Gérald DARMANIN, Minister of Interior and Overseas, Ms. Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture and Ms. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports and Olympic and Paralympic Games, today sent a circular to the prefects on festivals, Festive events and sporting events in summer 2024.
The organization of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, an unprecedented event on our national territory, which will welcome more than 13 million spectators, involves an unprecedented mobilization of security forces, to secure both the competition and training sites and their surroundings, the transport routes, public transport, the places of celebrations, and more generally all the sensitive and gathering places, but also to fight, throughout the national territory, against common crime and terrorism.
Nearly 30,000 police officers and gendarmes will be mobilized on average every day for the security of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2024, with varying intensities depending on the periods.
Beyond the ceremonies (opening and closing) and competitions, which will run from July 24 to August 11, 2024, and from August 28 to September 8, the periods in advance of these-This will also require a special effort to secure the flames in the context of the torch relay that will criss-cross the national territory.
However, in view of the importance of festivals and sporting and festive events that make the vitality of the territories during the summer, generating employment, social ties, tourist attractiveness and economic benefits, this circular sets out a framework to take them into consideration in order to reconcile cultural and sports life during this period.
Four phases have been defined, each with specific security requirements:
- June 23 to July 17, 2024, prior to the opening of the Olympic Village, during which all festivals and events are intended to be maintained, by limiting, whenever possible, the means necessary to secure them.
- July 18 to August 11, 2024, from the opening of the Olympic Village until the end of the Olympic Games, during which period no major cultural, festive and/or sporting event, requiring the commitment of Mobile Force Units (MFU), can take place. On the other hand, smaller events, usually secured by departmental or local forces, are intended to remain, in a moderate use of forces and in dialogue with local authorities.
- August 12-23, 2024, in the interim period between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, during which all events not normally involving UMUs will be maintained, with moderate use of security forces. Only a few major events requiring UFM involvement will be possible after a national decision.
- August 24 to September 8, 2024, during the period of the Paralympic Games, a phase during which no large-scale event requiring UFM reinforcements will be held, except for rare exceptions decided on a case-by-case basis. Events of lesser magnitude, which can be secured by local forces alone, may take place, considering arrangements to limit the use of security forces.
In recent weeks, the Minister of Culture on the one hand and the Minister of Sports and Olympic and Paralympic Games on the other hand have been working together with the organizers of cultural and sporting events that usually require reinforcements of Mobile Force Units (UFM), in permanent liaison with the Ministry of Interior and Overseas.
Solutions have already been found for most of these events to ensure they are held in the summer of 2024. For example, the consultation allowed to adjust the dates of the Festival d'Avignon, the Festival des Vieilles Charrues or the Interceltique de Lorient in order to facilitate their security. Similarly, thanks to an arrangement of their development, the League 1 and League 2 football championships will be able to resume from 16 August. The dates of the Tour de France have also been revised, with an exceptional arrival in Nice instead of Paris for the Men’s Tour and a progress of the Women’s Tour in the period between the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. The dialogue will continue in the coming weeks between prefects, local authorities and organizers of events requiring reinforcements of UFM, in contact with the ministries concerned, to specify the modalities of adaptation of events. These exchanges must also make elected officials and organizers aware of the challenges of availability of private security agents, first aiders, barriers, technical equipment, in a period of high demand.