Saturday, December 24, 2016

In France, a Christmas under high surveillance – Franceinfo

The threat is high, our response has never been so strong“, said Friday the minister of the Interior, 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” suited, 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. Its route between Berlin and the capital of lombardy remains to be determined. According to the Italian police, the man has passed through Chambery.

Agents SNCF armed

The “risk” of a terrorist attack on the day of the celebration by christians of the birth of Jesus – which would have a strong symbolic for the jihadists there, even if there are “no formal elements” on a specific threat, writes the director general of the national Police (DGPN), Jean-Marc Falcone, in an interview with the Sunday Newspaper published Saturday.

in Addition to the 91.000 members of the security forces made on Saturday and Sunday on the territory, officers of the SNCF armed are now present in the trains, announced on Friday the president of the SNCF Guillaume Pepy. These “train marshalls” (the sheriff of trains, ed), “approved by the prefectures“, “railroaders in the monitoring SNCF“, “civil“, but armed, he continued.

‘Device without a preceding’

patron of the national police also explained that the “revaluations” safe have been made locally. As well in the North, where 1.250 numbers are used, “a device without a previous” has been put in place, according to the prefect. Of concrete blocks of a ton were placed at strategic points in the city centre of Lille as well as at the edge of the huge shopping mall Euralille. the 200 churches from the departments will also be monitored on Saturday night.

With all these check-points and military armed“, Lille “remind” now “Lebanon,” says Madeleine, 53 years of age.

The same blocks “anti-vehicles” are used to Marseille, in addition to barriers, studs metal and a heavy police and military presence, to protect the Christmas market, located on the emblematic Old Port. “Fear ? of course, that it’s scary. But this is“, says Massimo Esposito, an Italian tourist. “It is the same thing in England. It does not change us really,” says Key Saunders, a British cruise on the Mediterranean.

Some 2.400 places of worship will be monitored on Saturday night, a detailed Saturday, Bruno Le Roux, who seeks to “reassure” of the believers on their “security“. In the cathedral of Strasbourg, the office 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“, ensures the DGPN.

An effort hosted “be happy” by Bishop Dominique Lebrun, archbishop of Rouen, because he will calm down “anxiety” some of the faithful. However, it is “impossible to protect all the churches“, a-t-he noticed at the micro RTL, citing the example of 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 encourages the French to “to be vigilant and serenity“. “You can go out, party, go out with friends, go to religious services. I invite everyone to live freely“.


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