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Rock en Seine begins under high security before the Allah-Las

Ⓒ AFP – Zakaria ABDELKAFI – | The British band Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes
opens at the 15th edition of the ock festival in Seine in
Saint-Cloud, near Paris, August 25, 2017

The British group Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes opened
on Friday the 15th edition of Rock en Seine, where the security
system is high, whereas the Californians of Allah-Las must
perform there two days after their concert canceled In
Rotterdam for “terrorist threat”.

In the sky a helicopter was flying over the site of the
National Domain of Saint-Cloud. On the ground many police vans
and mobile forces were present in the vicinity of the festival
which is held until Sunday evening.

At the entrance on the Pont de Saint-Cloud side, the
festival-goers were then subjected to excavation, passage to
the metal detectors and palpations by the private security
personnel. On the Pont de Sèvres side, reserved for guests and
professionals, people also saw their bags checked twice.

This obligatory passage, as well as the scattered showers,
did nothing to undermine the morale of the public who quietly
took possession of the premises, while on another scene, the
French of Inüit also launched the festivities.

Ⓒ AFP – Zakaria ABDELKAFI – | Spectators at the concert of British band Frank Carter
& the Rattlesnakes at the opening of the Rock en Seine
festival in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, August 25, 2017

In the evening, on the shots of 21:45 it will be the turn of
the American band Allah-Las to make the show, 48 hours after
having to cancel their concert in Rotterdam, after “concrete
information” received by the Dutch police on a project
attack.

If the vagueness reigns over the nature, the circumstances
and the reality of the threat that would have targeted
Wednesday Allah-Las, the group affirmed its intention to replay
in Rotterdam.

“We are looking for a new date to reprogram the concert and
we will provide new information as soon as we can,” said the
group, which played Thursday night in Warsaw.

For the passage of Allah-Las to Rock in the Seine, no
additional security measures will be put in place in a device
already reinforced by the context of terrorist threat. The
group will continue its Saturday by the festival Cabaret Vert
in Charleville-Mézières.

Ⓒ AFP – Zakaria ABDELKAFI – | The British singer Frank Carter carried by his fans
during the destival Rock en Sein in Sainnt-Cloud, near Paris,
August 25, 2017

Wishing to register for its 15th edition between “heritage
and modernity”, according to the admission of its director
François Missonnier, Rock en Seine should then begin a new
cycle, with its new owner, businessman Matthieu Pigasse.

The latter, which bought the festival at the end of March
via its own holding company LNEI (Les Inrocks, Radio Nova), is
in discussion with the American promoter AEG, world leader of
theaters, for a capital entry.

Le Figaro, in its Friday edition, even says that AEG will
buy 50% of shares in Rock en Seine. Information strongly denied
by LNEI to AFP.

Valérie Pécresse, President of the
Ile-de-France Region who subsidizes the festival to the tune of
600,000 euros, had late May sent a letter to François
Missonnier, in which she deplored this possible rapprochement
which “tainted the climate of confidence that we knew Between
our two structures “.

Faced with the risk of seeing Ms. Pécresse reconsider her
financial assistance next year, Matthieu Pigasse has since
contacted her, it was learned from a source close to the
file.

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