French President backs down from plans to remove bookstalls on the banks of the Seine for the Olympics opening ceremony

February 14, 2024
French President backs down from plans to remove bookstalls on the banks of the Seine for the Olympics opening ceremony

French President Emmanuel Macron has backed away from plans to force booksellers along the banks of the Seine to remove their stalls during the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics, in response to their objection. Paris police initially issued instructions to remove about 570 kiosks due to security concerns, including the possibility of using the kiosks to hide explosive devices. Booksellers, who have been operating in small dark green stalls on the banks of the Seine River for 150 years, expressed their anger at plans to remove the stalls in preparation for the Olympics opening ceremony for security reasons.

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A source from the office of French President Emmanuel Macron revealed on Tuesday that the president backed down from plans to force booksellers on the banks of the Seine to remove their stalls during the opening ceremony. 2024 OlympicsIn response to their objection to that.

Booksellers, who have been operating in small dark green stalls on the banks of the Seine River for 150 years, expressed their anger at plans to remove the stalls in preparation for the Olympics opening ceremony for security reasons.

The sellers said they They are a symbol of Paris Like the Eiffel Tower, the kiosks are a major tourist attraction.

Paris police initially issued instructions to remove about 570 kiosks due to security concerns, including the possibility of using the kiosks to hide explosive devices.

The source said that the president asked the Minister of the Interior and the Paris Police Director to “protect all booksellers, and not force any of them to remove for the opening ceremony.”

He added that Macron understood the merchants' point of view that their stalls represented “a living heritage of the capital.”

He explained that Macron asked the authorities to amend the security plans for the event in accordance with his decision.

The organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics expect at least 300,000 people to attend the opening ceremony scheduled for next July 26 on the banks of the Seine, which will witness the sailing of participating athletes and delegations along the river.

France 24/Reuters

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