Monday, July 18, 2016

Nice attack: cultural events are resisting – The Obs

Beyond the incessant polemics attacking Nice raises the issue of security for future large gatherings. Public reminded of what the Senate this morning Gérard Larcher, President of the Senate.

In the wake of the Nice attack, several events have been outright canceled this weekend, as Gay Pride to be held in Montpellier on 16 July. Other festivities have removed some of their programming, such as the Jazz Festival 56th to Juan. Located near Nice, the oldest jazz festival has decided to cancel the concerts planned for the three days of national mourning from Friday 15 to Monday 18 July.

Bayonne wants to maintain his party

Bayonne festivals embody the most festive gathering in France. Each year, 1 million people come to watch the festivities that are biased to Basque traditions. This is a major event for this town of 50,000 inhabitants, businesses fully benefit from the influx of visitors. The festivities are to start on 27 July. outdoor set, the question of their maintenance arises.

“I do not see that the festivities be canceled because they are in our DNA,” said Friday on France Bleu Jean René Etchegaray, the mayor of Bayonne. But he admits that the attack in Nice raises new questions. For him, it is “national representatives who make decisions and the law that says what we must do.” The new law on state of emergency, which will be presented Wednesday to members, will perhaps answer.

The prefect of Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Pierre-André Durand, announced on him on Monday that he did not cancel the event: “it would give reason to terrorists.” However, he added that the prefecture would set up additional ways to ensure Bayonne celebrations safety, without giving detail to the isntant.

The festivals have good location

apart from some events planned last weekend, including outdoors or located near Nice, most of the festivities were held. The Festival of the Old Plough has thus proceeded smoothly this weekend. La Route du Rock will take place in Saint Malo, as Rock en Seine in Paris. Other cultural events, such as meetings of photography in Arles which started in early July, are also maintained. In fact, most major events had already planned a safety device reinforced in response to the attacks of the last 13-November in Paris and Saint-Denis.

During the cultural events that were held this week- end, many tributes were paid to the victims of the attack of Nice. The South festival in Arles and the Francofolies in La Rochelle requested a minute of silence. The Avignon festival organizers have meanwhile read a text before each performance to invite the public to applaud:

“Facing those who want to impose silence, we not propose to make a minute of silence but to applaud all the forces of life. “

the most glowing tribute was probably that of Hyphen Hyphen. The French group has performed at Old Plough Saturday, July 16 and launched a huge “who does not jump is not Nice” resumed mass by the crowd for several minutes.

Events free under surveillance access

Several french festivals have a members area and a “off” free, often outdoors and thus more difficult to frame. After the attack of Nice, the Jazz Festival in Juan has decided to completely cancel its part “off”, while the rest of the concerts is outstanding for the moment. But most festivals maintain their “off” as the Avignon Festival, or that of Carcassonne.

In Avignon, the safety devices are strengthened to better manage the crowd, but also to reassure visitors. The director of Carcassonne festival, Pascal Dupont, said meanwhile to “Obs” that security had already been revised upwards compared with last year:

“After the attack Bataclan, we had a meeting with the Ministry for all the summer festivals. We followed the ministerial recommendations with a strengthening of the control of access to various sites and the police presence. We are already at the maximum level. “

the prefecture of Paris provides a special device for each of the outdoor events that will take place in the capital, whether the Fnac Live festival Rock en Seine or Paris Plage which opens Thursday, July 18 .

Solène of Larquier


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