Paris Attacks: Security Efforts One Year Later
It was only a year ago when a series of coordinated terrorist attacks rocked the city of Paris, killing 130 people and injuring many more. Since then, government officials and security experts have been implementing security measures and procedures to ensure other attacks are thwarted.
The security measures are directly coordinated with the attacks that happened on Nov. 13, 2015. Parisians have seen an uptick in uniformed officers and security procedures throughout the streets near busy nightlife hot spots, at theaters and concert halls as well as at stadiums near the city. These popular places have also used security guards, bag checks and metal detectors to deter attacks.
Bag screenings and metal detectors have become everyday occurrences for those hoping to enter into a sporting event or attend a concert in the city. Officials believe these security measures help to deter attacks if they are consistent with screenings in popular places.
The Bataclan, where the most people died in the attacks, has finally opened up for its first show since that tragic day. Sting performed the first concert at the music venue along with heavy security for all who wanted to attend.
The theater was rebuilt from scratch exactly as it had been before 90 people lost their lives during an Eagles of Death Metal concert when three gunmen entered the building and open fired into the crowd. Hundreds of yards of barricades, extensive body searches and scores of uniformed police greeted concertgoers, which included families of those killed a year earlier.
Perhaps the biggest security measure to come out of the attacks was the new National Guard. France approved a decree that created a National Guard. In addition to the military and police reserve, which currently has 63,000 people, the country expects to grow the National Guard to 84,000 people by 2018. Authorities believe they’ll be able to deploy around 9,000 guard members each day in 2018, through a rotation system.
France remains in mourning as they remember the lives lost in the November 2015 attacks. It seems that many are still unsettled and scared that another attack may be on the horizon, but President Hollande says he’s doing everything possible to deter any credible threats.
Posted on Nov 15, 2016