The upcoming Paris Olympic Games 2024 face a critical shortfall in security. A senatorial report reveals a deficit of approximately 8,000 private security agents out of the required 20,000 for various Olympic sites. Despite initiatives to address the labor shortage in the private security sector, the target remains elusive. The Paris 2024 organizing committee has neither confirmed nor denied this figure, maintaining that selections of private security companies are on track.
Security Preparations Underway
As it stands, 37 firms have been selected for 138 of the 200 contracts to be awarded. The chosen companies have hired 6,000 agents, and a fourth round of tenders has been launched, including a request for companies to secure the opening ceremony on the Seine. The responsibility of recruiting the necessary agents, estimated at 17,000 daily and peaking at 22,000, is only half managed by Paris 2024; other stakeholders like Roland Garros for tennis also shoulder the task.
Government Efforts and Anticipated Shortfalls
The French Minister of Sports spotlighted recruitment and training efforts, including 6,000 security agents already hired, 7,000 in training, and an additional 1,000 students being prepared for a fresh event security title. However, a July report from the Court of Auditors foresaw the likely necessity for internal security and armed forces to supplement private security. The government has been urged to confirm this by October.
Risks and Financial Challenges
Thomas Collomb, security executive director, highlighted terrorism and cyber-attacks as the two main risks the Paris 2024 Olympics faces. The security budget remains at 320 million euros. The metro ticket prices in Paris will nearly double during the Olympics, a measure intended to offset the expense of extra transport provision. However, residents with passes will be insulated from the temporary price surge.