Thursday 8 December 2016

Elite armed police will guard Irish squad during tournament

Cathal McMahon

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Members of the French security forces outside the Stade de France last night. Photo: PA
Members of the French security forces outside the Stade de France last night. Photo: PA

The policeman leading security for Euro 2016 has revealed that elite armed officers will be guarding the Irish squad during their time in the tournament.

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Inspector General Luc Presson said there was no direct threat to the tournament at the moment.

However, he said that while his team of 72,000 officers had taken every measure possible to prevent an attack, he could not guarantee that one would not happen.

Insp Gen Presson said: "There are policemen with every team. They are in touch with the team. These are armed police, they are elite troops. All the time, 24/7."

The Irish squad is based in the exclusive four-star Trianon Palace facility in Versailles.

Most of the travelling Irish fans will not have the same level of luxury, but Insp Gen Presson explained that police are no less concerned about their safety.

"Everything has been done to host, in a secure way, the event. Of course, a zero risk does not exist. It will never exist, either here or anywhere else, but really we are ready and we welcome everyone."

Some security experts have expressed fears that 'fan zones' could be targeted by attackers - but Insp Gen Presson insists that they are safe and will be very heavily policed.

Irish Independent

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