Monday, January 12, 2015

France Decides to Use Soldiers at Jewish Schools; Some 5K Security Forces Will Guard 700 Schools

France's interior minister said that the country will deploy soldiers at Jewish schools to increase security, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (January 12, 2015).

Nearly 5,000 security forces and police will help protect the country's 700 Jewish schools, Bernard Cazeneuves said today during a meeting with parents at a Jewish school south of Paris, near the site of last week's deadly attack on a kosher supermarket.

The promise of more protection came a day after French President Francois Hollande said in a meeting with French Jewish leaders in the wake of the attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket that the country would move to protect synagogues and Jewish schools, including using the military.

Also today, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the supermarket gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, likely had an accomplice, and asserted that "the hunt will go on."

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