France’s security forces have been unable to secure the door of a Parisian hotel, according to a French security source.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed to the AFP news agency on Monday that a “security guard” was behind the “barricade” of the front door at the Hotel Saint-Paul-Saint-Michel, where French President Emmanuel Macron is staying, and that the “guard” was in fact the owner of the bar, who is a guest of the hotel.
“We have to find out who is the owner and to ensure that the security measures are effective,” Cazneuve said.
“The door of the house of guests is completely open, but the guard was there to secure it,” Czaneuve said of the “security officer”.
“The door is locked and the security officer was not able to open it.
The door was not secured.”
The hotel was closed on Monday, according a spokesperson for the hotel, which is owned by the state-owned French insurance company AXA.
The spokesperson added that security measures have been taken to prevent the incident from happening again.