France: Nice holds its Carnival behind barricades, with horrors of ISIS attack fresh in its memory

Deputy Mayor Rudy Salles said security was "like in an airport" with 36 scanners, pat downs, police and soldiers.

By: AP | Nice | Published: February 12, 2017 3:32:17 am
France security, France news, Latest news, Nice holds its Carnival behind barricades, France terror attcks, French terror atacks, France news, Latest news, Policemen patrol in front of The King of the Nice Carnival 2017’s float, southern France. Security was deployed for the largest carnival in France, seven months after a truck attack caused 86 deaths on the Promenade des Anglais. (Source: AP).

Behind barricades, the city of Nice was holding its Carnival, keeping up tradition but taking precautions seven months after the Bastille Day truck attack that killed 86. Floats in the Carnival’s 133rd edition that kicked off on Saturday were led by the King of Energy, this year’s theme, and followed notably by a huge Donald Trump with hair dryers trained on his crown of blond hair. France 24 TV quotes a tourism official saying the image was decided before Trump was elected US president.

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French political leaders need not feel shunned. Presidential candidates are featured. Deputy Mayor Rudy Salles, on BFM-TV, said security was “like in an airport” with 36 scanners, pat downs, police and soldiers.

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