Thursday, April 21, 2011

FRANCE - The coup of the umbrella

From a standpoint of dress, the bodyguards of the French president has always had an advantage over their colleagues in Northern Europe. And they now have a new chic accessory to add to their portfolio: an elegant black umbrella can be transformed into a shield and of course, the umbrella is made * Cherbourg.

If Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni find themselves under fire projectiles or are threatened by a rabid dog, just to men charged with their protection to open these new high-tech umbrellas to shelter them in an instant. Para Pactum, his code name, resists a ball and petanque can cash a shock speed of 160 km / h.

This innovation is designed in partnership with the State by the brand The Real Cherbourg, a family business located in this port rainy Channel synonymous with umbrellas from the famous musical by Jacques Demy starring Catherine Deneuve. Worldwide, the security teams of Heads of State are already equipped with shields suitcases.

At the slightest threat, suitcases open instantly to deploy shields. Para Pactum which costs 7,000 euros each umbrella is the first to be as effective. His canvas is certainly not extensively screened as Kevlar, but the whales are a rock solid, it resists flames and can house up to three people.

The hounds of the GIGN to 25 pounds, going at 35 km / h there are broken teeth. "We have also tested in a wind tunnel at Saint-Cyr," said Jean-Pierre Yvon, founder and owner of True. "Once the contract is won, we worked every day with the Security Group of the Presidency of the Republic," he told the Times.

"In Cherbourg, we manufacture nuclear submarines and ships very fast. We are always on the cutting edge of technology. The protection service of the Elysee congratulated us on the excellent quality of this umbrella, and appreciated its strength and speed. " Ten copies of this super-umbrella were purchased by the Security Group of the Presidency of the Republic (SGRP), which protects the president and his entourage.

"The umbrella will be used for political figures like President Sarkozy and his wife. Even if, with his talent, Carla Bruni will not receive tomatoes, jokes Mr. Yvon. With this machine, he hopes to equip agencies VIP protection worldwide. The bodyguard of Mr Sarkozy has already used shields to protect the president during a trip to state.

The President then sacked the police chief who had left demonstrators approaching too close to him. The latest attack against a French president dates back to 2002. When Parade July 14, a deranged right-wing tried to assassinate Jacques Chirac.

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