France to step up security at sporting, cultural events: Minister

Reuters , Tuesday 23 May 2017

French soldiers of the "Operation Sentinelle" walk on the Mirabeau bridge on May 20, 2017 in Paris. (AFP)

The French government has given instructions to organisers of sporting and cultural events in the country on security measures after the Manchester attack, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

"We have given a certain number of instructions to the organisers of sporting and cultural events to make sure our citizens are best protected everywhere," Collomb said in a televised statement.

He added that a government note would be circulated to police chiefs on this measure.

President Emmanuel Macron will speak to British Prime Minister Theresa May later on Tuesday, a source in the president's office said.

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