Today, Thursday 3 September, Prime Minister Manuel Valls had a meeting with Claude Bartolone to discuss the organization of the UN Conference on Climate Change, to be held from 30 November to 11 December on the site of the Parc des Expositions in Le Bourget, in Seine-Saint-Denis, of which he is the elected representative.
No security challenges must be neglected in the organization of this conference, which is of global significance in political and diplomatic terms.
Manuel Valls was able to set out the major preparatory work done by police headquarters under the authority of the ministers responsible for the interior and transport.
One thousand five hundred police officers, gendarmes and firefighters are directly mobilized on the site and the surrounding area to guarantee the security of the 195 delegations and the 35,000 visitors expected every day (compared with visitor numbers ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 a day for the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget).
To guarantee the best welcome and avoid any inconvenience to local people, transport will be a major focus of the event’s organization. Priority will be given to the use of public transport, through an increase in the daily supply (70,000 additional places a day on buses and trains) and increased security on the lines concerned. Moreover, a traffic plan will be established in order to signpost, and ease congestion on, the main roads leading to the conference.
Accommodation sites for the participants have been carefully selected to ensure that the economic benefits go mainly to Seine-Saint-Denis.
Finally, the sites to host the many events associated with COP21 will be chosen in such a way as to minimize their negative impact on the management of public spaces. Special attention will also be paid to security and traffic conditions in the centre of the capital, in this busy shopping period for the people of Ile-de-France in the run-up to the festive season.
On 16 September, the chief of police will bring together the elected representatives of the districts concerned, to explain the operation to them and listen to their opinions./.