Following the Bastille Day attack in Nice, which left 84 dead, and the murder of an 85-year-old priest, the French government has pledged to deploy an additional 23,000 armed police and soldiers to holiday destinations over the summer. Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the additional troops and police officers will be deployed to 56 festivals, open-air concerts and fairs.
They will patrol beaches, festivals, stations, airports and other populated areas. This is to protect tourists at holiday sites due to fears Islamist terrorists could target holidaymakers.
Also, the Cannes Council has banned the possession of backpacks, suitcases and other large bags in which bombs could be hidden, from its beaches. This according to them is a maximum precaution in a very tense security environment.