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January 12, 2015 10:55 am

France Puts Additional Security Forces Around ‘Sensitive’ Jewish Sites Following Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve said 5,000 people will be sent to protect the France's 717 Jewish schools. Photo: David Monniaux. – France announced that it is deploying 10,000 soldiers in an unprecedented mobilization meant to protect sensitive sites across the country. Additionally, the country is assigning nearly 5,000 security personnel to protect Jewish sites.

Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the soldiers would be deployed starting on Tuesday evening in what he called “the first mobilization on this scale on our territory,” the New York Timesreported. The decision came after an emergency meeting convened by French President Francois Hollande on ways to secure the country against further Islamist terror attacks.

In addition to the military deployment, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that 4,700 police officers and other security personnel would be posted to guard the country’s 700 Jewish schools and institutions.

Following Friday’s attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, Hollande had said in a meeting with French Jewish leaders that the government would step up efforts to secure Jewish sites and institutions.

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