Heightened security measures are put in place for the Paris Plages beach festival after the recent attack in Nice while President Francois Hollande is calling on the operational military reserve to relieve security forces who have been working overtime. Jillian Kitchener reports.
It's supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation. But this year, vehicle barriers and security guards surround the annual Paris Plages beach festival. Officials say its a necessary response to the Batsille Day attack in Nice that killed 84 people. In the country's south-west, French President Francois Hollande met with the operational military reserve. He's calling for unity. He says the reserve will be deployed to relieve security forces who have been working overtime ever since France first became the target of militant attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, SAYING: "12,000 operational police and gendarmerie reserves are already available and I have decided to increase this number to 15,000 by the end of the month." Hollande says he is extending France's state of emergency and that additional measures have been taken to boost security....in places like the man-made beach along the River Seine....where officials hope the public can enjoy some peace and serenity.