France mobilises 10,000 troops on home soil

France mobilises 10,000 troops on home soil

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The French government has confirmed 10,000 extra troops are being deployed across the country, in the wake of terror attacks in Paris over the last week.

The three days of shootings, which began at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and ended with the shooting of hostages at a Jewish supermarket, saw 17 people killed.

France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has announced 10,000 soldiers will be mobilised from tomorrow, to protect sensitive sites across the country, including transport hubs, tourist spots and Jewish schools.

“It is an internal operation that will mobilise almost as many men as we have in our overseas operations,” he said.

“The threats remain and we have to protect ourselves from them.

“This is the first time that our troops have been mobilised to such an extent on our own soil.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says authorities are also still investigatingĀ  whether the three gunmen had any accomplices.

He says there is and increasing number of French citizens joining the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq.

“There are 1,400 individuals who are involved in the departures for jihad, for terrorism, in Syria and in Iraq,” Mr Valls told BFMTV.

“There are close to 70 French citizens or residents in France who have died in Syria and Iraq in the ranks of the terrorists.”

It comes as Turkey has confirmed the partner of one of the Paris gunmen has passed through Turkey, on her way to Syria, but she was not on an international watch list, meaning Turkish authorities could not detain her.

 

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