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Originally published Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:42 AM

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UK, France to hold Olympics security exercise

Britain and France are going to hold a joint exercise to test their abilities to respond to a terror incident at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Associated Press

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LONDON —

Britain and France are going to hold a joint exercise to test their abilities to respond to a terror incident at the 2012 London Olympics.

A joint British-French defense statement released Friday says authorities from the two countries are both working on the exercise, set for March. It did not specify where it would take place.

French media say teams from India, Morocco, Senegal, Hungary and Uzbekistan will be training in northern France ahead of the London games because it's cheaper than training in England.

Security has long been a critical issue for Olympics. An attack at the 1972 Munich Games killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and has made securing the event a priority ever since.

The London games start July 27 and end Aug. 12.

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