France stages major anti-terror exercise
The exercise was ordered following Mumbai bombings to test France’s ability to cope with coordinated attacks around the country.
PARIS – France on Monday staged a major anti-terror exercise to test its ability to cope with coordinated attacks around the country, in the wake of last month's deadly Mumbai bombings.
Ordered following the 26 November attacks in the Indian commercial capital which left 172 dead, the exercise was designed to test police, intelligence and interministerial crisis-management in the event of major simultaneous attacks.
"We have to be able to adapt to any type of attack," Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie told reporters, although she stressed France was "no more at risk" than other countries.
No real security forces were fielded on the ground for the exercise, which simulated seven bomb attacks and hijackings in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, theoretically killing 103 people and injuring 312.
Police, intelligence and disaster relief teams were joined at the interior ministry by officials from the foreign, defence, health and environment ministries, with regional security teams in touch by video-conference.
[AFP / Expatica]