Paris on security alert ahead of Bastille Day and World Cup crowds

Exceptional security measures are in place around the French capital to deal with a potential terrorism threat as vast crowds are expected to turn out for Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday and at fan zone sites for watching the football World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday.

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More than 12,000 police officers and 1,600 soldiers will be mobilised in Paris over the weekend as huge crowds gather to watch the France-Croatia World Cup final following the traditional Bastille Day military parade and celebrations, reports The Guardian.