France to tighten security on New Year's Eve

Other News Materials 28 December 2008 20:18 (UTC +04:00)

The French government will step up security in the country on the New Year's Eve, said French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The government will deploy additional troops in cities such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg to tighten security on the New Year's Eve, said the minister.

The government has already deployed 5,600 police in Paris on the Christmas day after Dec. 16, when five sticks of explosives were found and defused in a large store in central Paris.

While referring to the ongoing investigations of the incident, the minister said, "The operation needs long hours of work."

Terrorism represents a real and constant threat, said the minister, adding, "We have dismantled several networks representing real dangers thanks to intelligence services."