Heightened security measures were in effect in the French coastal town of Biarritz on Friday, ahead of the G7 summit set to start on Saturday.

According to reports over 13,000 additional police officers, 400 firefighters and 13 emergency units will be in charge of safeguarding the event with soldiers and drones also on hand.

Train and air travel to Biarritz and nearby resort towns will be curtailed for the duration of the summit and protests have been banned not just in Biarritz but also in the close by towns of Anglet and Bayonne.

The 2019 G7 edition will be held in Biarritz from 24th to 26th August and despite the ban protesters are reportedly planning multiple counter demonstrations.

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