France scales back proposed crowd size for opening ceremonies of Paris Summer Olympics

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PARIS — The number of group allowed to watch nan opening ceremonies of nan Summer Olympics on nan Seine River successful Paris will beryllium capped astatine 325,000, nan French authorities announced Tuesday, apparently confirming that original plans to connection tickets to hundreds of thousands of spectators had been scaled back.

The Interior Ministry said that astir 100,000 paying spectators will beryllium offered premier viewing spots connected nan little portion of nan riverbanks and that 222,000 much group will beryllium capable to spot nan vessel parade from a higher vantage constituent free of charge.

But that second group of spectators will beryllium chosen by nan government, nationalist authorities aliases nan Olympic organizing committee, according to nan ministry. No 1 without an invitation will beryllium allowed in.

The International Olympic Committee did not instantly reply to an email requesting comment.

Two years ago, organizers had projected making nan July 26 opening festivities accessible to arsenic galore arsenic 600,000 people, a expansive gathering that would span 6 kilometers (roughly 3.7 miles), stretching from nan eastbound of Paris to nan Trocadéro.

The Paris constabulary prefecture past period slashed that projected crowd size successful half, to 300,000.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin was quoted arsenic saying authorities officials were mindful of imaginable information risks.

"To negociate crowd movement, we can’t show everyone to come," Darmanin said, according to The Associated Press. "For information reasons that everyone understands, notably nan violent threat of caller weeks, we are obliged to make it free but contained."

In caller years, French rule enforcement officials person grappled pinch coercion and politically motivated violence.

In 2015, Islamic State terrorists attacked nan Bataclan theater, Paris cafes and France's nationalist stadium, sidesplitting 130 people. More recently, a man killed a German Filipino tourer pinch a weapon and injured 2 different group pinch a hammer successful an onslaught adjacent nan Eiffel Tower successful December, which authorities said whitethorn person been driven successful part by nan attacker's anger astatine nan warfare successful Gaza.

In a position to nan French Senate, Darmanin said nan nautical parade that marks nan opening of nan games would see astir 90 boats carrying 206 delegations, pinch 10,500 athletes participating.

Nancy Ing reported from Paris and Daniel Arkin from New York.

Nancy Ing

Nancy Ing is simply a Paris-based producer.

Daniel Arkin

Daniel Arkin is simply a nationalist newsman astatine NBC News.