France steps up security for Jewish holiday following Paris knife attack


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                La France déploiera 7000 forces de sécurité et policiers pour protéger les sites juifs et autres sites religieux, a déclaré son ministre de l'Intérieur, alors que les Juifs marquaient la fête du Yom Kippour, qui commence aujourd'hui Sunda et se termine demain.

                                    <p>Cette décision intervient au milieu de critiques concernant un manque de sécurité lors d'une attaque au couteau près des anciens bureaux de Charlie Hebdo.

Amid criticism of the government’s failure to thwart Friday’s knife attack, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Sunday sought to reassure the public, and especially its most vulnerable members.

“Jews remain the target of Islamist attacks,” Darmanin said, speaking to reporters during a visit to a synagogue near Paris in Boulogne-Billancourt.

“During this Jewish holiday weekend, I came to reassure the Jewish community and tell them that the government is there to protect them,” he said.

Home Secretary ordered the deployment of 7,000 security and police officers to protect synagogues and other “sensitive” sites during Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, which ends Monday .

Underestimated threat

Darmanin added that there would be reinforcements at nearly 800 sites across the country.

His announcement comes two days after a knife attack in front of the former Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo which left two injured.

The two victims worked for the documentary film company Premieres Ligne.

Its co-founder, Luc Hermann, said it was “incomprehensible” that authorities failed to take special security precautions, especially during the trial of suspected suspects in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks.

France “at war”

The French interior minister admitted that the government had “underestimated” the threat to the streets near the former offices of Charlie Hebdo.

But on Sunday, he took on a provocative tone, praising the “efficiency” of the security forces who “foiled 32 attacks in three years”.

“The government has not let its guard down. We are still at war against Islamist terrorism, ”he insisted.

“We have to wage this war every day, with religious communities, especially Jews,” he said.



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