France intends to mobilize 45,000 police and gendarmes across the country on Bastille Day, tomorrow, Friday, which is the country’s national holiday, due to fears of renewed riots, and the Elysee Palace has announced that President Emmanuel Macron will not deliver a speech on this occasion, as is customary.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan announced today that a number of security precautions were taken in Paris, and the authorities will deploy Thursday evening and tomorrow Friday, in addition to the police and gendarmerie, special units, helicopters, marches and armored vehicles.
Bus and tram services will be suspended in all French metropolitan areas at 10 pm local time on both days, while suburban trains and metro will continue to operate in Paris.
The French presidency said that President Macron will not deliver a speech on the occasion of the National Day on Friday, although he has set that day as a date to evaluate the “calm period” that he called for, following the widespread protests that erupted due to the adoption of a law raising the retirement age.
According to the tradition followed in France, the head of state on the occasion of the National Day addresses his citizens every year on television, but Macron has only adhered to this tradition twice since he came to power in 2017.
After the young man, Nael, was shot dead by a policeman while he was being stopped for a traffic inspection near Paris two weeks ago, France witnessed severe unrest for days.
Police officers were attacked with fireworks, public buildings such as police stations and schools were set on fire by protesters, and thousands of cars were torched.
Although the riots have subsided, there are fears that they could break out again on the national holiday on Friday, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, one of the most important events of the French Revolution.
A ban on the use of private fireworks was imposed in various regions of France, and many cities canceled traditional firework displays on Bastille Day for safety reasons.
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said she was surprised the ceremonies were cancelled.
It is noteworthy that the French National Day commemorates the anniversary of the revolutionaries storming the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, which represented an important turning point in the course of the French Revolution.
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