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The 2009 Strasbourg–Kehl summit was a NATO summit of heads of state and government which was organized in Strasbourg, France and in Kehl and Baden-Baden, Germany over the course of a two-day period on in early April 2009. The summit marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of NATO. The NATO leaders had long planned to attend a celebratory 60th anniversary event; but the agenda included more than celebratory activities because a number of urgent topics commanded NATO's attention at this time.
For the first time, a NATO summit was being jointly hosted by two member nations. This partnership was intended to symbolize an evolving vision of European cooperation.
The joint-hosts of this event were the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.

In view of announced protests, French and German authorities have announced plans to restrict access to and movement in designated security areas, including parts of Strasbourg and Kehl. These include the requirement that 700 local residents living in a restricted area of Kehl will not be allowed to leave their homes between Friday and Saturday morning without requesting a police escort.
German police estimates anticipate that 25,000 protesters will seek to express themselves during the summit. The threat will be met with a projected 15,000 German police; and these forces will be augmented by Bundeswehr support, including interceptor planes, transport helicopters, paramedics, motorcycle escorts, buses and other vehicles...

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