France to review security for Olympic athletes

5th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 5 (AFP) - French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour said Wednesday he would review security measures for the French Olympic delegation in the wake of the Athens blasts, but insisted the Games were not in question.

PARIS, May 5 (AFP) - French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour said Wednesday he would review security measures for the French Olympic delegation in the wake of the Athens blasts, but insisted the Games were not in question.

"We've been dealing with the issue of security for the Athens Games for quite a long time, as France is part of a group of experts that has put in place various security plans," Lamour told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

"The Games are an exposed event. We must therefore be vigilant," the minister said, adding that French security plans "will evolve over the coming weeks until the start of the Games on August 13" - 100 days from now.

But he said there was "absolutely no question" of calling the Summer Olympics into question in the wake of Wednesday's blasts outside an Athens police station, which caused no injuries.

"We must have faith in the Greeks and simply adapt our plans," he said.French President Jacques Chirac reaffirmed his confidence in the Athens government, saying: "All nations must be vigilant and stand side-by-side with the Greek authorities, in whom I express my trust."

Chirac was speaking at a ceremony at the French sports centre in Paris attended by Lamour, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier and Athens mayor Dora Bakoyannis.

Both the government and police in Athens stressed that there was no connection between the blasts and the Olympic Games, and police have said they were investigating local left-wing extremist groups.

© AFP

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