July 5, 2012; Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, FRANCE; France sports and youth minister Valerie Fourneyron during stage five of the 2012 Tour de France between Rouen and Saint-Quentin. Mandatory Credit: Frederic Mons/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

France to send extra security to Sochi

Valerie Fourneyron, the sports minister of France, announced on Thursday that extra security personnel will be sent to Sochi to protect the 116 French athletes in the event of a terrorist attack.

The security team will consist of personnel from three different organizations: the French national police (RAID), the Gendarmerie Special Operations unit (GIGN), and the French external intelligence agency (DGSE).

Speaking with the newspaper Le Parisien about the decision, Fourneyron briefly outline the responsibilities each of the security groups will have in Sochi:

We have done some preparatory work with our experts and everything has been done to make sure our athletes and fans are safe. GIGN and RAID will be at the athletes’ side (and) DGSE will liaise with the Russian authorities. There will be maximal vigilance (Inside the Games).

The threat of a terrorist attack at the Winter Olympics is something both the host nation and the participating countries are taking seriously. Vladimir Putin ordered more than 30,000 police and Interior Ministry troops to be deployed in the Sochi area, and the FBI has elected to send dozens of agents to help with security.

[Source: Inside the Games]

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