Germany and France beef up security ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations

December 31, 2023

CNN —France and Germany have ramped up security ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations following warnings that the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas had raised the risk of terror attacks. ‘Very high terrorist threat’Meanwhile France will deploy 90,000 officers as the country faces “very high terrorist threat,” French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said Friday. The number of police mobilized is around the same as that for the New Year’s Eve last year, according to data from the French Interior Ministry. The beefed-up security comes after similar measures were put in place across several European countries ahead of Christmas Eve. Countries including France, Germany and Austria increased security checks and protections for churches ahead of Christmas Eve Mass and celebrations.