Fears of Islamist terror and Gaza disruption at Paris Olympics, police chief says

France on highest security alert ahead of the Games as Islamic State terror plot at football stadium foiled by authorities


Paris' Police Prefect Laurent Nuñez said he was concerned terrorism would threaten the Olympics as he attended a press conference on the logistics for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, in Paris, on June 13, 2024. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

There are serious fears of Islamist terror attacks and disruption by Gaza activists at the Paris Olympics, the capital’s chief of police has said.

As the biggest sporting event in the world approaches, France remains on its highest security alert.

Laurent Nuñez said: “Islamist terrorism remains our main concern.”

The police chief said he feared anti-Israel demonstrators would disrupt the games, as well as direct action climate protest groups.

“The terrorist threat remains just as important as the protest threat posed by radical environmental groups, the ultra-left, and the pro-Palestinian movement,” Nuñez said.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, just under two months before the Olympics opening ceremony along the River Seine on July 26, Nuñez added:

“There is no clear-cut threat yet against the Games and our country but I’d like to remind you that at the end of May, two individuals were arrested in Saint-Etienne and were plotting a project aimed directly at the Olympic Games.”

Last month an 18-year-old Chechen man was arrested in the east-central city of Saint-Etienne, suspected of planning an attack during the Olympics in the name of Islamic State at the city's football stadium.

The country is also preparing for elections at the end of June as President Emmanuel Macron called a snap general election after his party suffered a big loss to the far-right in the EU elections earlier this month.

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