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Drone attacks are top threat at big events: French minister

November 21, 2022

Doha: Drone attacks are the “main terrorist threat” at sports events, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told AFP on Sunday from Doha as Qatar hosts the World Cup. “Drones are the main terrorist threat of today and tomorrow,” Darmanin said hours before attending the opening match of the FIFA World Cup.

He warned of the dangers of “a drone loaded with explosives that falls on a crowd, on an exposed team, on an opening ceremony like at the Olympic Games for example.” “When you organise an event like this, cyber attacks, the fight against drones, questions of terrorist threats, the flow of people are important subjects,” he said.

He said 225 French security personnel were in Qatar to help keep some 20,000 French football fans safe. Darmanin said France could gain “intelligence and experience for the future” from the Qatar tournament as France prepares to host the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024.