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French and Spanish police hold anti-terror drills ahead of Paris Olympics

A group of police officers take part in a security exercise in Cannes, 7 May 2018
A group of police officers take part in a security exercise in Cannes, 7 May 2018 Copyright Vianney Le Caer/2018 Invision via AP
Copyright Vianney Le Caer/2018 Invision via AP
By Euronews with EBU
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The exercise began in Bayonne, France, where the practice scenario involved assailants staging an attack before fleeing to San Sebastián, Spain, where they took hostages.

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The national police of Spain and France conducted a simulated terrorist attack exercise ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The surprise exercise, called Operation Optimus, aimed to enhance response capabilities.

It was overseen in Spain by the General Information Commissioner's Office and involved various units including Special Security Operations Groups (GOES), bomb disposal (TEDAX-NRBQ), and canine and forensic teams.

Coordination points were established in Paris, Bayonne, Madrid, and San Sebastián to ensure effective communication and operations between both national forces.

The French government has about 20,000 soldiers and more than 40,000 police officers to provide security for the games. It will also have support from about 2,000 troops and police officers from other countries.

The Summer Olympics will run from 26 July to 11 August, followed by the Paralympics.

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