23 May '11, 4am

French resort under lock-down ahead of G-8

DEAUVILLE (France) - IT HAS become as familiar a sight at G-8 summits as a group photo of seven men and Angela Merkel in suits - the French resort of Deauville is locked down behind a massive security blanket. After last year's Toronto G-8, where Canadian authorities were criticised for the lavish expense of hosting the event, France's Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to organise a more low key summit in tune with the era of austerity. But - with the world's intelligence agencies fearful of revenge attacks in the wake of the death of Osama Bin Laden, and Mr Sarkozy's popularity at a low ebb at home - impressive means have been deployed. French authorities will mobilise 12,252 police, gendarmes and troops, backed by naval patrol boats in the Channel and surveillance aircraft overhead, to protect the leaders of the world's eight big developed powers. Still a popular getaway for the wea...

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