Security was noticeably tighter on the first day of men’s ready-to-wear shows in Paris on Wednesday, with numerous houses instigating bag checks at the door of their catwalk venues. The move was in step with measures recommended by the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode in a memo dated Jan. 14.
In light of heightened security across France in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks two weeks ago in Paris that left 17 dead, the association further suggested that the control of invitations be reinforced at the entry of shows and identification of attendees be checked. While security guards have been examining invites, it’s not yet been noted that ID cards were requested.
Other suggestions by the French federation included having numerous representatives of a fashion house be located at the entry of its show location to facilitate entry of known individuals who might have lost their invitations; limiting the number of people allowed to stand at the shows in order to reduce the crowd outside a venue, and providing for a special entry for photographers.
Also on Wednesday, France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France would bolster its national security and intelligence in the fight against terrorism. This will include the hiring of 2,680 individuals and an extra budget of 425 million euros, or $491.8 million at current exchange, in the next three years.
Just days after the attacks, France said it was deploying 10,000 troops in an unprecedented mobilization of the country’s armed forces on domestic soil.