Franch government releases terror alert app ahead of Euro 2016
June 8, Paris: The French government has released a mobile phone app ahead of Euro 2016 football tournament to alert the public in the event of a terrorist attack. The tournament will start on Friday.
The interior ministry said in a statement (in French) said iIt will alert geo-located users "in case of a suspected attack". Alerts will offer a brief description of what has happened as well as advice on how to stay safe.
The government said that the app was developed after November's attacks in Paris. which killed 130 people.
On Tuesday, the British Foreign Office warned that stadiums, fan zones and transport hubs were possible targets for attack during the football tournament.
Users will be able to sign up to receive alerts in up to eight different "geographical zones" in addition to their present location, reports said.
They will not cause the phone to vibrate or emit any sound in order to ensure that anyone hiding at the site of an attack does not alert the attackers, Metro News reported.
The government has stressed that users' privacy will be protected.
Later versions of the app will also alert users to other types of emergencies beyond attacks, including floods and industrial accidents, officials said.
It is available to download for phones running both iOS and Android operating systems, the statement said.
The Oslo Times