France boosts transport security after Brussels bombing

France boosts transport security after Brussels bombing

22nd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Security measures were reinforced at airports and train stations in Paris and across France following Tuesday's bombings in Brussels, police said.

A full deployment of security officials was underway at all eight terminals of Charles de Gaulle airport and its two railway stations, with reinforced checks on trains arriving from Brussels, an airport source told AFP.

Additional patrols were also dispatched at Orly airport in southern Paris and the southern city of Toulouse.

Security was beefed up at train stations and on public transport in the capital, a police source added.

French President Francois Hollande held a meeting with his prime minister and interior minister to discuss the attacks in Belgium, which have left at least 13 dead and 35 injured.

Security measures were also beefed up at London's Gatwick airport, at Frankfurt airport and airports in the Netherlands.

France to deploy 1600 extra police after Brussels attacks

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Tuesday said Paris was deploying 1,600 additional police to border crossings and air, sea and rail infrastructure after the Brussels attacks which killed at least 21 people.

"Access to public transport will be restricted to people with tickets and/or ID cards," and they may be frisked, he said after a meeting with President Francois Hollande.

Cazeneuve also called on Europe to "further boost coordination and the fight" against terrorism.

"These events that strike at the heart of Europe... show the need to reinforce even more the fight against terrorism," he said.

The minister said French authorities have already prevented 10,000 people from entering the country since the November attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives.



© 2016 AFP

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