FRANCE will deploy more armed troops on the country’s streets to amid the increasing threat of a Paris-style attack during the festive season, the country’s newly-appointed interior minister has said.
But the interior minister said up to 3,000 additional troops would be deployed to protect sensitive targets, such as airports, stations, Christmas markets, and places of worship, including churches and synagogues.
The interior minister told the French radio station RTL that Islamic State militants still posed a “serious threat” and that the country remained on “high alert” following the string of bloody terrorist attacks on French soil.
In November 215, 130 people were killed in the Paris terror attacks, and 86 people died in Nice during this year’s July 14 Bastille Daycelebrations.
Mr Le Roux added that he wanted people to make the most of the “joy-filled” end-of-year festivities, despite the looming terror threat.
He said: “I want the streets to be teeming with tourists and I want the French to be able to go out and have fun. But, in order to make that happen, we need to keep people 100 per cent safe.”
French interior minister Bruno La Roux
We need to keep people 100 per cent safe
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