High security as Airbus gears up to show A380

17th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, Jan 17 (AFP) - More than 2,000 police are to deploy around the southwestern French city of Toulouse Tuesday for the unveiling of the world's biggest airliner in a ceremony to be attended by several European leaders, officials said.

TOULOUSE, France, Jan 17 (AFP) - More than 2,000 police are to deploy around the southwestern French city of Toulouse Tuesday for the unveiling of the world's biggest airliner in a ceremony to be attended by several European leaders, officials said.

French President Jacques Chirac, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will be on hand for the unveiling of the Airbus A380, a superjumbo aircraft capable of carrying 840 passengers.

Various other ministers and the heads of many of the world's major airlines will also be in attendance.

The bolstered security arrangements will include 200 officers trained in VIP protection or in bomb detection and disposal, officials said.

Traffic in and around Toulouse will be subject to strict controls, some thoroughfares will be closed for most of the day, and pleasure flights from nearby aerodromes have been suspended, they added.

The presentation of the A380, which is designed to compete with the smaller 747 from US arch-rival Boeing, is a moment of great pride for European countries and groups involved.

Airbus is a subsidiary of the European Aerospace and Defence Company, with a 20-percent stake also held by BAE Systems of Britain.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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