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Milan Expo 2015 tightening security after Paris attacks, with 24 million visitors expected

  • In this picture taken on Jan. 26, 2015, workers operate at the Malaysian pavilion at the construction site of the upcoming World Exhibition Expo 2015, in Rho, in the outskirt of  Milan, Italy. With less than three months to opening day, Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala, during a press conference in Milan Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, gave an overall positive balance, noting that 8 million tickets had been sold, nearly one-third of the 24 million projected, and nearly 80 percent of the construction is finished. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    In this picture taken on Jan. 26, 2015, workers operate at the Malaysian pavilion at the construction site of the upcoming World Exhibition Expo 2015, in Rho, in the outskirt of Milan, Italy. With less than three months to opening day, Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala, during a press conference in Milan Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, gave an overall positive balance, noting that 8 million tickets had been sold, nearly one-third of the 24 million projected, and nearly 80 percent of the construction is finished. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala attends a news conference to present the upcoming World Exhibition Expo in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. With 20 million visitors expected over six months, Expo 2015 world’s fair officials have heightened attention on security measures following last month’s terror attacks in Paris, the event’s commissioner told foreign reporters on Wednesday. The entire Expo site,  roughly 1.7 kilometers by 350 meters (one mile by less than a quarter mile), will be surrounded by a security fence and visitors entering Expo will be subject to controls similar to those at airports, including metal detectors, said Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala attends a news conference to present the upcoming World Exhibition Expo in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. With 20 million visitors expected over six months, Expo 2015 world’s fair officials have heightened attention on security measures following last month’s terror attacks in Paris, the event’s commissioner told foreign reporters on Wednesday. The entire Expo site, roughly 1.7 kilometers by 350 meters (one mile by less than a quarter mile), will be surrounded by a security fence and visitors entering Expo will be subject to controls similar to those at airports, including metal detectors, said Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture taken on Jan. 26, 2015, a view from a above of the construction site of the upcoming World Exhibition Expo 2015, in Rho, in the outskirt of  Milan, Italy. With less than three months to opening day, Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala, during a press conference in Milan Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, gave an overall positive balance, noting that 8 million tickets had been sold, nearly one-third of the 24 million projected, and nearly 80 percent of the construction is finished. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    In this picture taken on Jan. 26, 2015, a view from a above of the construction site of the upcoming World Exhibition Expo 2015, in Rho, in the outskirt of Milan, Italy. With less than three months to opening day, Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala, during a press conference in Milan Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, gave an overall positive balance, noting that 8 million tickets had been sold, nearly one-third of the 24 million projected, and nearly 80 percent of the construction is finished. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)  (The Associated Press)

Milan Expo 2015 world's fair officials say they are heightening security following last month's terror attacks in Paris.

Event commissioner Giuseppe Sala said Thursday that "the events in Paris made us focus even more attention on security" protocols, which have been in the works for 18 months with the Italian defense department, secret services and local law enforcement.

The Expo grounds will be surrounded by a security fence, arriving visitors will be subject to controls similar to those at airports, and more than 2,000 security cameras will be activated.

With less than three months to opening day, Sala gave an overall positive report, noting that 8 million tickets have been sold, one-third of the 24 million projected sales. More than 80 percent of the construction work is completed.