French Authorities carry out terror attack drills at Euro 2016 venues
French emergency services carried out simulated terrorist attacks on Monday at selected venues and fan-zones, two months before the Euro 2016 competition.
Both French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve and Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, took part in the exercise at a fan zone in Bordeaux which involved 600 fire fighters, police, army and emergancy services.
This scenerio involved three armed terrorists firing into a crowd waiting to enter the fan zone. One of the terrorists triggered an explosion in the middle of the crowd whilst another took hostages into a building, causing the intervention of the specialised police intervention unit, the RAID.
Bordeaux is set to host four group-stage games as well as a quarter-final match when the tournement commences on June 10.
This followed on from an earlier exericse which took place at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne. The stadium will host four matches during this summer's tournemant and some 120 firefighters, more than 60 police officers and 20 ambulance workers took part in a chemical attack that was simulated at the venue along with 450 other people.
Health Minister Marisol Touraine explained, “Today’s exercise follows feedback after the November 13 (Paris) attacks,” before going on to say, “The challenge is to know how we can support a large number of victims in a region where the hospital facilities are not of the same nature as in Paris where there is the biggest hospital in Europe."
Lieutenant colonel Bertrand Baray, of the Pays de la Loire county fire and rescue service added, "The goal is to test the coordination between the different services."
The tournement gets underway on June 10th when hosts France face Romania in their group A clash at the Stade De France.