91.000 police officers, gendarmes and military mobilized, places of worship and gatherings checked : less than a week after the bombing jihadist Berlin, France is preparing to celebrate Christmas under tight security, the authorities are calling however on the population to celebrate it in the “serenity”.
“The threat is severe, our response has never been so strong”, said on Friday the Interior minister Bruno Le Roux.
While France is in the grip of a threat jihadist unprecedented since the attacks of January 2015, and a further 17 planned attacks were thwarted on the national ground in 2016, the security features have been “every time”, suitable, also said Mr Le Roux.
They are all the more after the attack on a Christmas market in berlin on Monday, claimed by the islamic State, which has killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others.
Its author, Anis Amri, was killed in the night of Thursday to Friday in the suburbs of Milan, after having opened fire on two police officers with the italians when a run control id. Route between Berlin and the capital of lombardy remains to be determined. According to the Italian police, the man has passed through Chambery.
The “risk” of a bombing, on the day of the celebration by christians of the birth of Jesus – which would have a strong symbolic for the jihadists – is there, even if there “not formal elements” on a specific threat, writes the director general of the national Police (DGPN), Jean-Marc Falcone, in an interview in the Sunday Newspaper published Saturday.
in Addition to the 91.000 members of the security forces deployed Saturday and Sunday on the territory of the “revaluations” safe were locally made, he added.
Lille, where 1.250 numbers are mobilised, “a device without a previous” has been put in place, according to the prefect. Blocks of concrete of a ton were placed at strategic points in the city centre and on the outskirts of the huge Euralille shopping centre.
“how far do we go ? It becomes no matter what !”, has roared Michelle, Lille, 62-year-old, who was said to have “not afraid”.
Lille “remember” “Lebanon, with all its check-points and military armed”, observed Madeleine, 53 years of age. the “But if someone wants to pounce on people, these are not the blocks that will change big thing”.
emphasis has been placed on the protection of the markets of Christmas and of the midnight masses.
In the cathedral of Strasbourg, the office, Saturday night will be subject to security measures strict security checks, searches of bag, access, and places are limited.
“For the masses of Christmas the most popular, identified in some large cities, we will have not only a police presence, but a capacity to counter almost immediately”, provides the DGPN.
An effort hosted “happy” by Archbishop Dominique Lebrun, archbishop of Rouen, because it will help to calm “concerned” of some of the faithful.
however, It is “impossible to protect all the churches,”, he noticed the microphone of RTL, citing the example of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in which a priest had been murdered at the end of July by two jihadists claiming to be from the AR.
the minister of The Interior, on Friday evening, invited the French to “be vigilant, but also serenity”. For that the security climate heavy does not hinder completely the spirit of Christmas.