France: 'Tel Aviv Sur Seine' puts Paris on alert

Additional 300 police on patrol, protests announced

11 August, 16:38

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, AUGUST 11 - Paris is on high alert for possible conflicts that could erupt this Thursday when the city will host "Tel Aviv Sur Seine," a day-long event dedicated to Tel Aviv, French daily Le Figaro said Tuesday.

    Paris has dispatched 300 police officers to ensure safety during the event on the banks of the "Paris Plages," the annual beach created along the Seine River to host summer events, Le Figaro said.

    A choir of Parisian protesters are against the event pairing Paris with Tel Aviv, as it comes just days after a Palestinian baby was burned to death by Israeli settlers.

    Pro-Palestinian groups have also announced protests, but Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the event will take place.

    Hidalgo's counterpart in Tel Aviv, Mayor Ron Huldai, praised Hidalgo for her "courage" in refusing to bow to pressure to cancel the event.(ANSAmed).

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