The Paris police bomb disposal team expect the Olympics to present them with a “considerable challenge” next year.
They have been working with Paris 2024 organisers to define the right level of bomb clearing intervention during the Olympics and Paralympics in the French capital next summer, the director of the central police laboratory said on Monday.
“The Olympic Games are an absolutely considerable challenge,” Christophe Pezron said of the July 26-Aug. 11 event.
“As far as bomb-disposal practice is concerned, there are two stages which are quite separate for us from the site inspection stages, since each of the Olympic Games sites will be inspected before being handed over to the organisers.”
“We carried out an inspection, a kind of rehearsal, at the Stade de France during the Rugby World Cup. So the first stage is these inspections of all the Olympic Games sites.
“And the second activity, which will be carried out in parallel, is that we imagine that, given the population that will be moving around during the Olympic Games, we’re likely to be faced with an increase in the number of abandoned parcels and suspicious packages. So, from that point on, we’ll certainly be seeing a great deal of intervention activity.”
On Monday, members of the bomb disposal squad were alerted at the Montparnasse train station to abandoned luggage, which the team exploded.