Long lines under the rain expected today to the fans of tennis who visited Roland Garros on the first day of the French Open, where measures of security have increased fear of a new terrorist attack in the country.
After the attacks of November 2015 in Paris, France lives in state of alert. That is why those responsible for the second Grand Slam of the season decided to redouble their efforts in controlling access to the stadium in the Bois de Boulogne.
The spectators were on notice, so few were surprised to see the long line that awaited them despite arriving an hour before the scheduled time for the start of matches.
Covered with umbrellas and waterproof jackets, The fans acceded to the enclosure after surpassing three rings of security. Not even the tennis players got rid of the frisks at the entrance of Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the two big favorites, suffered less stress, but lower-level players like Spain’s Sara Sorribes experienced inspections like any spectator.
“Maybe the only difference is that after the first control they do not make us open the racket bag, but the rest is the same. said the director of the tournament, former tennis player Guy Forget. “And now we will cross our fingers and we will be as vigilant as possible.” The exceptional security measures surrounding today the site of Roland Garros are part of the state of emergency in which they live France, long two months with a view to the European Championship of football to be played in the country from 10 June to 10 July and the Tour de France of cycling, to be held from 2 to 24 July. Under the measure, The authorities have special rights to protect the country from terrorism, since they can order house arrest without a warrant and restrict freedom of movement.
The safety rigors were also felt Saturday night in the final of the French Cup between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille, played at the Stade de France. According to the newspaper Le Parisien, the fans who came to the stadium in Saint-Denis, Which was one of the places attacked in November 2015, had difficulties to arrive, since only four accesses were enabled and sufficient indications were missing. The confusion led to radical members of the two swollen met, forcing the police to be thoroughly employed with the use of tear gas and the arrest of eight people. About 1 000 agents had been arranged around the stadium, which on June 10 will host the opening match of the Eurocup between France and Romania.