G7 summit: France vows tight security

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The French seaside resort of Biarritz will be transformed into more of a fortress than a surfers’ paradise as organizers of this weekend’s G7 summit prepare to shield world leaders from outside disturbances.

Protesters will have difficulty getting up close to any of the seven leaders during the Aug. 24-26 meeting. France is deploying 13,200 police backed up by soldiers and drones to make sure they are kept far from the summit.

“We will not tolerate any serious trouble,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told a news conference.

The G7 groups France, the United States, Britain, Germany, Canada, Japan and Italy. Seven other heads of state have also been invited.

Authorities are allowing campaign groups and demonstrators to congregate in the towns of Hendaye and Irun, which straddle the France-Spain border 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away.

 

Zainab Sa’id