Olympics-Bag with Paris 2024 data lost, possibly stolen, prosecutor says

The logo of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is seen on an official Paris 2024 store in Paris, France, February 8, 2024. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/ File photo

PARIS (Reuters) -A bag containing a computer and two memory sticks with data about the Paris 2024 Olympics has been lost by a City Hall engineer and may have been stolen, the Paris prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

An investigation into theft has been handed to transport police following the incident at the city's Gare du Nord railway station late on Monday, the office said in a statement.

The Paris Olympics will be held from July 26-Aug 11, with some 30,000 members of the police force expected to be mobilised every day.

About 300,000 spectators expected to attend the opening ceremony along the River Seine.

"Although he was careful to point out that his bag contained a professional USB memory stick ... it is important to specify that this stick only contained notes relating to traffic in Paris during the Olympic Games, and not on sensitive security plans," the prosecutor's office said.

"Initial checks revealed that the agent was not in possession of any information relating to the organisation and deployment of the police force during the Olympic and Paralympic Games," Paris City Hall said in a statement.

"This computer equipment contained notes for internal use, relating to his work in the IT department of the Highways and Transport Directorate. All the necessary resets were carried out in order to cut off all access to the City's IT system."

The City said sanctions could be taken.

Paris 2024 organisers declined to comment.

(Reporting by Juliette Jabkhiro and Julien Pretot; Editing by William Maclean and Toby Chopra)

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