PARIS – France's defense minister has visited troops on duty ahead of unusually tense New Year's Eve celebrations in Paris after November attacks that left 130 dead and hundreds injured.
Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed Wednesday the need for "special vigilance, full mobilization and a very significant presence" of security forces.
About 60,000 police and troops are deployed across France. Paris police say 80 percent of the area's officers are on duty.
The city of Paris has canceled the fireworks initially planned. Instead a 5-minute video performance on the Arc de Triomphe will be relayed by big screens on the Champs Elysee avenue just before midnight.
"We still have this fear but we need to continue to live," 23-year-old Parisian Myriam Oukik told the AP. "We will celebrate."