- Title: France to step up security at sporting, cultural events - minister
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) PODIUM WITH FRENCH AND EUROPEAN UNION FLAGS IN BACKGROUND SIGN READING (French): "INTERIOR MINISTRY" (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER, GERARD COLLOMB, SAYING: "I wanted to express our solidarity to the British people and to express it in particular to the Mayor of Manchester, Richard Leese, who is a personal friend of mine. I understand what his pain must be today and the pain of his fellow citizens." FRENCH AND EUROPEAN UNION FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER, GERARD COLLOMB, SAYING: "We have given a certain number of instructions to the organisers of sporting and cultural events, and of course during this time of the year there are many of them taking place, so as to make sure that our fellow citizens are best protected everywhere." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER, GERARD COLLOMB, SAYING: "The attack in Manchester, which is the most serious that has happened in The United Kingdom since 2005, shows the threat is high in all the countries on our continent. We know it in France and when I arrived at the head of this ministry I gathered all the services in charge of the security of the French people and the fight against terrorism." WHITE FLASH COLLOMB LEAVING
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 10:43
- Keywords: UK arena attacks Manchester France Gerard Collomb
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I27NEV
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- Story Text:The French government has given instructions to organisers of sporting and cultural events in the country on security measures after the Manchester attack, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a televised statement on Tuesday (May 23).
He added that a government note would be circulated to police chiefs on this measure.
President Emmanuel Macron will speak to British Prime Minister Theresa May later on Tuesday, a source in the president's office said.
More than 230 people have died in France in the past two years at the hands of attackers allied to the militant group Islamic State, whose strongholds in Syria and Iraq are being bombed by an international coalition including France.
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