safe State services and the mayor of Strasbourg presented this Wednesday the security system put in place for the 2022 edition of the Christmas market
Illustrations Christmas, Market Strasbourg Christmas. — G. Varela/20 Minutes
- The Strasbourg Christmas market will open its doors on 25 November at 2 p.m.: two million visitors are expected throughout the event, which will run until 24 December.
- The system put in place for this new edition and an optimized version of that of 2021.
- City grid, airy layout of the chalets to facilitate the passage of emergency services and law enforcement, the system security will be able to count on 1,000 people.
Why change a winning team? It’s implicitly what explained the prefect of Bas-Rhin Josiane Chevalier, the mayor of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian and the representatives of the forces of order and security; civil. This Wednesday, during a press conference, the security device which will be deployed for the 432nd edition of the market of Christmas in the Alsatian capital was detailed.
And it’s almost a copy-and-paste of the 2021 edition, updated. apart from a few variations due to the disappearance of health constraints. These missing constraints save, in passing, the costs of additional controls and guarding which had “exploded the budget”, according to Jeanne Barseghian. “Normal” of this year will allow him, for this single budget line of the city, to save almost 600,000 euros.
So it’s on a tune of music already. known that the partition of the security system will be articulated this year. The observation is that the very airy layout of the chalets, launched in 2021, has been widely used. acclaimed, to both by the inhabitants, the visitors, but also by the firefighters, the emergency services and the forces of order. It is therefore renewed. Small variant however, the tram stops Alt Winmark and Langstross-Grand Rue will be closed this year during opening hours from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 20 hours. The Homme de fer station, the main gateway to the Big Island, remains, however, open, as in 2021, but random checks will be put in place.
< h2>“A continuum of security”
The watchword of this new edition is to promote “a continuum of security” as hammered home the responders, between municipal and national police, rescuers and state services, therefore the prefecture, while paying attention to; inconvenience residents as little as possible and satisfy visitors. Also, there will be no filtering checkpoint to enter the Big Island, but random checks of people and bags at the point of entry, just like in the ;island ellipse. However, they will be automatic for large luggage and cargo bikes.
Cars, on the other hand, will still be checked during market opening hours. and access will be possible for residents with a private garage; or reserved parking during the market, upon presentation of a badge, as in previous years. For these motorists, four entry points: the Corbeau, Abattoir, Paris and Foundry bridges. This grid of the city had made it possible, last year, to control more than 13,000 people and 800 vehicles.
A unit; police rapid intervention unit, positioned on the spot in the event of a serious emergency, a unit deminers, a specific device to fight against thefts. pickpocketing, support from video surveillance teams: in total, 1,000 people, all services combined, will be mobilized every day, according to the prefect. Six mobile guard units (approximately 350 men) will come to reinforce soldiers from the Sentinel force, dog handlers, sixty officers from the municipal police, the national police and security officers. private. Everything therefore seems ready to welcome the two million visitors expected, from 25 November 2 p.m.